By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger is planning to rotate his squad less than he has over the past month or so as a hectic period of fixtures nears its end.

With Carling Cup and FA Cup ties sandwiched between Premier League games, the manager has been forced into numerous changes from game to game.

Wenger switched eight players ahead of the trip to Wigan on December 29 and he admits that was a deliberate policy to keep his players fresh. Now he intends to chop and change far less drastically.

“Over Christmas I did not have much choice because it was four games in ten days and two games in 48 hours,” said Wenger. “I think recently we have gone for a little bit shorter rotation.

“[It will be] this kind [of rotation tomorrow against Ipswich].”

Wenger knows a fighting-fit squad will be crucial as his side competes on four fronts.

“I’ve said that many times but I really think that I have 25 players and every time we play a game it’s a very difficult decision because all the players are top quality,” he said.

“That’s why I have convinced all my squad that we have to go for all the competitions because we have the needed quality.

“You can compare every player in every position, every time there is two top quality players.”

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24 Jan 2011