By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has vowed to rotate his side "as much he can" for the visit of Blackburn in the FA Cup Fifth Round on Saturday.

The Arsenal manager omitted Jens Lehmann, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas for the Fourth Round replay at Bolton on Wednesday night yet still went through with a wonderful 3-1 win after extra time.

Next week, the Frenchman takes his team back into European competition and to Cardiff for the Carling Cup Final. Therefore it is no surprise to see him shuffling his pack on Saturday.

"I will rotate as much as I can," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "I rested a few players at Bolton and some of them will come in. 

"I am rotating for two reasons. Firstly we played extra time up there and the space is very short between Wednesday night and Saturday morning. Secondly we have a massive game on Tuesday night [at PSV].

"But what the Carling Cup has taught us is that we can rotate now. They are all up to the level and that is fantastic information for the Club."

Johan Djourou picked up a knee injury at Bolton and will be out in the short-term. Alex Hleb has a hamstring niggle but Philippe Senderos will be available after suspension.

"Djourou will be out," said Wenger. "He has a knee problem. But he will not be out for a longer period maybe only two or three days.

"Alex Hleb has a tight hamstring. I played him for longer than I wanted to last night. He may need a little rest but it should not be a problem for Tuesday's game. I will decide about that on Friday."

Arsenal TV Online will have the full interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it the Frenchman discusses: the win at Bolton, the emergence of Denilson, finally winning at Bolton, the 6-2 win over Blackburn in December and the new faces in the Rovers side.



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Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 15 Feb 2007