Wenger turns to young guns again

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Arsene Wenger openly admits he will not gamble with the fitness of any of his first-team regulars against Olympiacos in their final Champions League group game and intends to give the youngsters another chance to impress.

With safe passage into the knockout stages already secure, Wenger will bring a youthful squad to Athens on Tuesday to give some of his walking wounded a chance to recuperate ahead of the vital Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday.

"In the competition as a whole this season, the boys did really well and I am extremely proud of them. I will give some of them an opportunity on Wednesday, for many reasons," Wenger said.

"At the moment we have so many players injured that we cannot take any gambles; also you must give players a breather when you can.

"You will see Fran [Merida], [Jack] Wilshere etc. We played Manchester City last week and they had a full side out. For an hour we did not suffer at all.

"I will try to build a similar team in Greece.

"It will be a great game for them because Olympiacos will play for something, and it is another good opportunity to show that we can do better than we did at Man City."

Forwards Theo Walcott and Eduardo both missed the win over Stoke on Saturday with minor injuries, while Czech winger Tomas Rosicky was substituted at half-time with a groin problem which could keep him out for a month.

William Gallas, Emmanuel Eboue, Armand Traore and Andrey Arshavin all suffered knocks during the 2-0 win, leaving Wenger with something of a selection headache ahead of Wednesday night's European tie.

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