Arsène Wenger is not concerned about the number of fixtures Arsenal could face in the coming months.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League table, in the last 16 of the Champions League and into the fourth round of the FA Cup following a 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Wenger made five changes for Saturday’s game and could rotate his squad again ahead of trips to Liverpool and Stoke City.

“You have a rhythm [when you have a lot of games],” said Wenger. “You try to check who needs a breather and who needs a rest and you do it. It is easier to keep the squad focused and motivated when you have many games.

“It has both a positive and negative impact. When you are on a roll and have no injuries everyone is in the same direction and it is easier to keep everyone on board. Everyone in the next competition thinks they have to play, and that is a positive.

“There is fatigue and injuries at the end of the season but you can’t say we are not a big club and that we can’t go for the big competitions, that is important.

“Bayern Munich go for the cup every year, Barcelona or Real Madrid go for the cup every year. Why? Because they are big clubs and you cannot say we won’t move out of a cup competition or national cup competition [and do well].”

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10 Jan 2016