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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will take a strong squad to Switzerland for the Europa League group stage

That makes sense in some ways. It’s nearly impossible this time of year. It would be difficult for a player to manage both competitions during a normal season. At the same time, Arteta will have to perform a balancing act. (Photo courtesy of Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) Arsenal has strong options competing for starts in many positions. Though the Gunners will rest and rotate players at times, they are expected to go stronger in the Europa League than some other big clubs. Arsenal will not want any early upsets to derail their chances of winning a European trophy and qualifying for the Champions League next season. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP, used with permission from Getty Images) There would be no time to rest with the group matches so tightly packed around the congested Premier League schedule – thanks to the winter World Cup. If he takes his first-choice lineup around Europe and names them in the starting XI on a regular basis, there’s no way they can play every week in the Premier League. Arsenal kick off their Europa League campaign against FC Zurich on Thursday, and the Mirror reports that Mikel Arteta will take a strong squad to Switzerland. LONDON, ENGLAND: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal replaces Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal as Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, looks on on August 5, 2022, during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White could easily alternate at right-back, Kierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, and Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah up front. However, there are more obvious first-choice starters in other positions, such as Bukayo Saka at right wing. It would be a disservice to whichever player is starting to describe the team as significantly weakened if you named either option in those positions. This is where Arteta and his team must exercise caution. On August 5, 2022, Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds supporters on the pitch following the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London.

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