Wenger to rest Arsenal stars against Bayern to focus on Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to rest a number of regular first team players for the Champions League second round second-leg tie with Bayern Munich, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Gunners trail 3-1 from the first-leg and face an uphill task to qualify, needing to score three goals in the Allianz Arena and not concede to progress. The Mail claims that the slim chance of doing so has led Wenger to drop a number of senior players in an effort to concentrate on ensuring the club finishes in the top four of the Premier League and qualifies for next year’s Champions League.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and lost to near neighbours Tottenham Hotspur in their last league fixture, with Swansea City providing the opposition this weekend as Arsenal travel to the Liberty Stadium.

Among the names not expected to take part are goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who Wenger claims is suffering mentally from Arsenal’s patchy form, defender Per Mertesacker, midfielder Santi Cazorla and forward Theo Walcott. Arsenal are already without Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski through injury.

The newspaper adds that 3,000 Arsenal fans are expected to be at the match, having made the journey from London to Munich, and Wenger’s decision not to field a full-strength team will not be a popular one among the travelling support.

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