Arsene Wenger is planning to make changes to the first-team ahead of their clash against Swansea City on Wednesday (2 March) following his team's capitulation against Manchester United on Sunday (28 February) at Old Trafford. The Gunners, who were touted to win and needed the three points to maintain their push for the Premier League title, crumbled spectacularly to go down 3-2 to a team largely filled with second choice players.
The Red Devils are missing a number of first-team stars due to injury and Louis van Gaal was forced to dip into the youth team to put out a squad, and they put in a determined performance to see off the north London club, with 18-year-old Marcus Rashford grabbing a brace. The French manager was reserved in his criticism following the game, but according to the Mirror, he could be planning changes to his first-team for the visit of the south Wales side.
Alexis Sanchez, the report claims, is one of the players the manager is contemplating axing for the game, while Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott could also be dropped following their lacklustre performances at Old Trafford. The Chilean has failed to recapture his form following his return from a hamstring injury that kept him out for almost two months, while the latter two have failed to make an impact despite a number of opportunities in the starting XI. The Chilean though, cannot be faulted for his work rate, and the manager is keen for him to fight his way back to form.
Mohamed Elneny and Joel Campbell can come in for the Wales and England internationals respectively, but dropping the former Barcelona star will be a big gamble by the manager ahead of a crucial week that will have a major bearing on Arsenal's title campaign. The report claims Wenger is still undecided on Sanchez's participation for the clash on Wednesday, but is surely set to ring in the changes, as they face a tough trip to White Hart Lane just three days later, which is crucial owing to Tottenham's position above Arsenal on the Premier League table.