Should Jack Wilshere be risked against Fenerbahce?

By Avenell Dave

Tuesday's match against Fenerbahce should be a case of going through the motions. 

We're 3-0 up and just have to ensure we get no injuries or suspensions. 

But Arsene Wenger hinted at the weekend how fragile the team's confidence can be - something that is a major worry, especially if the Turks score first and start pushing us back. 

And yet we've shown so often in the few months, we can be very professional and close games off when we go ahead. And we're comfortably ahead at half time. 

We have one eye on T*tt*nh*m and one eye on the transfer window and looking at the squad, we need three or four players at least. Who knows what will happen or who will come but it's hard to ignore with the qualifier pretty much over. 

Wenger said that most of the team who played on Saturday will play today and I can understand why, especially with limited options, but I think there's a strong argument to rotate a little.

That means not starting Jack Wilshere, who we need firing on all cylinders on Sunday, and perhaps even resting Olivier Giroud, despite his fine scoring form.

This game is made for Yaya Sanogo to ease himself into a top level game and if he is to be the prospect we hope he will become, our Drogba, our Benteke, our Lukaku, then he needs games and what better time than when 3-0 up?

I'd also be tempted to rest Per Mertesacker after his exertions of late to ensure he is rested ahead of the weekend.

I'm sure none of the changes I've suggested will be made but let's hope we can kill the game off rather than make it difficult for ourselves with such a big game at the weekend. 

Addict XI


Jenkinson Sagna Koscielny Monreal

Ramsey Rosicky Cazorla

Walcott Sanogo Podolski