By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger admits he is relying on intuition and experience for his key decisions right now.
Arsenal Football Club is being bombarded by games at the moment. There were a record nine in January while a run of five in 14 days starts on Wednesday when they entertain Stoke at Emirates Stadium.
There are relatively few players injured at the moment leaving the manager with that "welcome headache" – who to leave out and when.
Despite being blessed with scientific data on his players’ workloads and fatigue levels, the manager admits that ultimately the decision is a human one.
“In the end, yes,” he told TV Online. “The more information you have, the more you have to prioritise that information and experience helps in that.
“We study everything we can but in the end your intuition works with the analysis and you go with what you feel. That doesn’t mean you are right but at the end of the day you have to make the decision.
“Experience helps a lot as well. When you know the players well, how they respond and how you have seen them respond before in similar situations.”
“It is very difficult at the moment but it is as well enjoyable because it gives competition to everybody. That is what you want to do as a manager, give everybody an opportunity to show how good they are.
“It keeps the whole squad focused in so many competitions.
“There is a real togetherness inside the squad, they fight for places but as well they have a good understanding and a good bond. I believe to have this competition helps.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Feb 2011