Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken out about his fears over the well being of Robin Varn Persie, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey, with the Frenchman admitting he will have to rest the three key players soon in order to avoid a season-ending injury.
Van Persie has led Arsenal’s resurgence in the Premier League as the Gunners battled back from their worst ever start to a new season under Wenger to a six game unbeaten run that has moved them up to seventh place, with the Dutchman scoring 13 goals already this season.
Walcott and Ramsey have both also been central in Arsenal’s reversal in fortunes, however the Gunners appeared under-par in their 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday evening, with Wenger admitting after the game that their mid-week exertions in the Champions League had taken its toll.
Walcott suffered hamstring strain against Martin Jol’s side while Thomas Vermaelen also picked up a knock, although both are expected to be fit for the Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester City.
After analysing GPS tracking and in-game ProZone software, the Frenchman admitted that he won’t be able to pick his strongest XI in the coming weeks for fear of crocking one of his star players for the rest of the season.
“I will change my philosophy a little bit," he said. "We have a few players on the edge like van Persie, of course, and Walcott, who had a hamstring alert, and Ramsey. We’ll see how we go.
“I've always said that I will play a team that has a chance to qualify.
"We have to also consider the injuries we have. We have red alerts on a few players and I will pick as strong a team as I can."
Wenger will be particularly keen to wrap Van Persie up in cotton wool given the Dutchman’s medical history.
He added: “It will be easier for you to pick the Man City team because you can look in the stand [against Liverpool] and on the bench and you will see who plays on Tuesday."