Wenger faces huge dilemma at the Hawthorns

By Avenell Dave

One of the problems of having a small squad is that there isn't much wiggle room when it comes to rotation.

Yes, we have a number of injuries to players who would consider themselves to be first teamers but equally, we don't have enough of them to compete in so many competitions.

Ten consecutive away wins is some record, and two more will break the all time record, I think. 

But records are not the priority at the moment - that has to be maintaining our title form and ensuring that we do not suffer any more injuries. 

West Brom have only won one game this season in the Premier League and should be there for the taking, even if they put one of the final nails in Paolo Di Canio's coffin at the weekend. 

The League Cup is much maligned but it has a number of benefits. 

On the one hand, it can help nurture the next generation of promising youngsters coming through the ranks and the further we go, the more experience they get. 

And of course, it IS a trophy and we could do with a few of them to get the media off our backs.

But we don't have enough young players and fringe players to put out what would be considered a strong team right now. 

No Arshavin, no Squillaci, no Diaby...players that through poor form or injury would never have been near the first team but would certainly get a run-out in a game such as this. 

Do not think I am complaining. 

But what does Wenger do? 

I see that Park is still listed in the first team squad, so perhaps he will get a chance on Wednesday, but I wouldn't bet on it., especially with Nicklas Bendtner fit and looking for games ahead of the World Cup next year.

I suspect we'll see Gnabry and Miyaichi again and given their showings on Sunday, they have something to offer and the replacement full backs and goalkeeper choose themselves. 

The key for Wenger is who plays in midfielder alongside Mikel Arteta, assuming the Spaniard starts to gain match fitness.

It's going to be a fascinating game, that's for sure and if we come away with a win, it will do the fringe players' confidence no end of good.



Jenkinson Boateng Vermaelen Monreal

Frimpong Arteta Eisfeld 

Gnabry Bendtner Miyaichi