By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is relieved that Arsenal do not have to win on Wednesday night - because he is determined to give some of his players a rest.
The Frenchman flew out to Greece today for the Champions League clash with Olympiacos accompanied by the youngest squad to represent Arsenal in European football. Wenger has selected ten teenagers for the Group H finale and they can expect a hot reception in Athens as the Greek champions chase the point they need to join the Gunners in the knockout stage.
Mikael Silvestre is the only 30-something in Arsenal's 18-man party but Wenger has no regrets as he contends with an injury list that stretches into double figures. In fact, the manager believes his team will have just enough experience to make a good impression on the continent.
"I left a few players behind but basically I am very happy that we do not have to absolutely win this game because all the players I left have little knocks and needed in fairness a rest," said Wenger.
"So I travel with a very young team and fortunately we have some players who were suspended like Alex Song, or are coming back from injury like Theo Walcott, who will play.
"So we should have a good mixture between young players and experienced players."