Arsene Wenger reveals long-awaited change in philosophy ahead of FA Cup tie

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will be fielding a strong side against Burnley this weekend.

The Gunners—who are currently battling on three fronts—were humiliated earlier in the campaign after being dumped out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.

On that occasion, a young and inexperienced side were humbled by a seasoned Owls side and saw their league cup quest end prematurely, despite a fine opening victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Wenger, who has long used the domestic cup competitions to give young players a run out, has opted to change his philosophy, and has revealed that he will not be taking any chances against Championship outfit Burnley.

As such, the French coach will be picking an experienced XI against the Claret and Blue.

“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,” the manager confirmed, as per the Mirror, revealing a long-awaited change of tack.

“I will play quite an experienced team. First of all, we lost last Sunday against Chelsea and it is important not to drop our confidence level too much.”

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As such, the tabloid speculates that the French coach could opt to give the likes of Tomas Rosicky, forgotten goalkeeper David Ospina, and fit-again Francis Coquelin game time against the second-tier side.

Similarly, £5 million new boy Mohamed Elneny—signed earlier in the transfer window from FC Basel—could be set to make his full debut since making the switch from Swiss football.

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