You can´t win with kids anymore – Wenger declares
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that Premier League clubs can no longer field inexperienced players against Championship opposition in the FA Cup and expect to progress.
The Frenchman has overseen back-to-back FA Cup trophies but says he will name a team of senior players for their fourth round encounter with Burnley.
Arsenal fielded a strong side in their 3-1 third round win over fellow Premier League club Sunderland and Wenger said he would be doing the same against his Championship opposition on Saturday.
Arsenal were knocked out of the League Cup in October, exiting the competition after a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Following last weekend’s defeat to defending league champions Chelsea, Wenger is eager to avoid another reverse.
“I will play quite an experienced team,” he told a press conference.
“First of all, we lost last Sunday against Chelsea and it is important not to drop our confidence level too much.
“We have learnt something this season, we went to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and got quite a severe defeat. We have to show we have learnt from that.
“Second, we want to do well in the FA Cup and you don’t want to miss an opportunity when you play at home against a Championship team and you don’t win with kids any more unfortunately against the Championship teams. That’s it.”