Arsene Wenger faces a tough task balancing his team for tonight's tie against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
Wenger could pick a weaker side to rest the regular starters, but he would then be running the risk of the fans coming down hard on him if the strength-in-depth Chelsea side beat the Gunners.
However, it might have been useful for him to take this risk as Arsenal have some big games coming up.
They have Liverpool on Saturday, then Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, then Man United on the 10th November.
It also doesn't help that it has been confirmed that one of their best midfielders at the moment, Mathieu Flamini, will be out for 2-3 weeks with a groin injury. So now the side is stretched even further!
So how is this young, small, but full of experience squad going to cope?
Well the first thing is, make sure to avoid any more injuries! The injuries are killing the chances of this special Arsenal side flowering to eventually become a title winning side.
The defeat to Dortmund last week was an eyeopener for how the Gunners are missing Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.
Next, Arsenal need to set targets for what results they're aiming to get from these next four fixtures.
First Chelsea - I'm guessing that Wenger will be picking players such as Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkinson and Nacho Monreal ahead of the regular starters to keep them 100% for the Liverpool contest.
Arsenal will be going for the win so they can advance in the competition.
Next Liverpool - Arsenal need to win this game as it'll be extremely difficult for them to expect to get a win at Old Trafford against Manchester United - no matter how poor United have been this season.
Arsenal will need to beat Liverpool on Saturday to stay at the top of the Premier League and to get some confidence before the Dortmund game.
For Dortmund and United, I will be guessing that Arsenal will be satisfied with draws from both of those results.
Wenger will be more aware next transfer window when loaning out his players.
Someone like Francis Coquelin would have been very handy for the upcoming games. Johan Djourou might have been useful as well for tonight to give Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny a rest but as the Arsenal fans say: 'In Wenger We Trust'.
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