Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will rest a few players against Galatasaray on Tuesday as a few of them are in the danger zone and may accrue an injury if not given proper rest.
The Gunners are second in the group and can only secure top spot if they can beat Galatasaray and Anderlecht beat Borussia Dortmund, an unlikely scenario, given the Bundesliga club's prowess in Europe.
The Frenchman is under a lot of pressure after his side failed to get past Stoke City in a ignominious performance by the north London club at the Britannia stadium. The Gunners lost 3-2 against the Potters, having conceded three in the first half and tried in vain to equalise in the second, falling short with Stoke burying numbers behind the ball and an innocuous red card to Calum Chambers.
Wenger does not want any discrepancies to happen against Galatasaray, for whom he has a lot of respect and wants to end the campaign on a winning note, irrespective of their final position in the group.
"We'll go with a strong team of course, we want to win the game. Since the start of this season we have played seven games in the Champions League, including the qualifiers, and we have won four. I would like to win five," Wenger told the team's official website.
"Galatasaray is a massive club in Turkey. They certainly have the biggest support in Turkey. They had a difficult start to the season and in this group they cannot even get Europa League.
"It's a massive surprise because I thought they would be one of the contenders to go through. Let's not forget that last year they knocked Juventus out when they qualified from the group stage, so it is a surprise.
"Turkish people are very proud and they will try to finish this campaign with a convincing performance, but we play many games and some players are close to getting an injury, so I'll have to assess that on Sunday morning," he concluded.