Arsenal FC have decided to play a reserve team against Liverpool in the EPL on saturday. There will be no Sagna, no van Persie, no Rosicky, no Adebayour, no Eduardo.
With five major figures missing the chances are that Arsenal will use Walcott and Hleb as an alternating midfield/ forward duo alonside Bendtner.
Wile Arsenal has been known quite rightly for the astonishing quality of its reserves, this is probably a step too far. Next season a new forward will appear – Carlos Vera – and it would seem likely that at least one more midfielder will come into the team, either from the reserves or from beyond the club.