Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger - Decisions decisions at Turf Moor

By Avenell Dave

I love domestic football, I really do.

But when there is so little space between matches and the team is stretched to breaking point, I'd love for their to be some respite for the Gunners just to nurse some players through.

We can't over-play Andrey Arshavin and yet so much is being asked of him at the moment.

The way he rushed with a look of feigned surprise to celebrate with Arsene Wenger after his wonder goal says much for how much it meant to him.

Having not kicked a ball for a week, though, there is a danger of long term damage which will leave us even shorter in numbers if he is continually played while unfit.

Maybe Wenger can nurse him though against Burnley and give him a rest for the Hull game, where we may be more comfortable at home than we will be tonight at Turf Moor.

Burnley are the archetypal home and away side - wonderful at Turf Moor and woeful away from home.

They beat us there last season, you may remember, when Nick Bendtner's shooting boots were left at home and the Carling Cup kids failed to cope.

Will it be any different tonight?

Well the good news is that Burnley have lost to Wigan at their place and we've got enough in the locker to beat them.

The bad news is that they have had an extra day to recover and we have more injury concerns.

The most important thing, as I said yesterday, is that Manuel Almunia is thanked for what he has done for the club and sent out to pasture. He is not good enough and the time to act is now.

With Armand Traore suffering from a hamstring strain, Arsene Wenger will play his fourth Premier League left back of the season with Mikael Silvestre set to start.

With Denilson injured, I'd bring Aaron Ramsey back into the side although Le Boss will probably opt for Abou Diaby.

I'd bring Eduardo back into the side, just to give us a natural striker, even if it still leaves us without the forward height we need.

I'd also rest Samir Nasri and bring him on later - he's still coming back from injury and the last thing we need is another key player getting injured because he's played too much too soon.

A special word for Theo Walcott, who needs to show what he can do before he loses the support of more fans who think he's never going to make it, especially with Burnley's paceless defence. Come on Theo, show us what you can do!

Addict XI


Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Silvestre

Fabregas Song Ramsey

Walcott Eduardo Arshavin

What do you think? Who should play against Burnley tonight? Let us know in the comments section below.