Arsenal are due to rotate fairly heavily on Saturday, but they won’t be the only ones.
Chasing promotion in the Championship, Burnley visit the Emirates Stadium with their eyes on other areas this season and Sean Dyche isn’t willing to sacrifice promotion.
“We will look to pick a team wisely because it’s quite obvious our biggest challenge is to be back in the Premier League,” he has admitted ahead of the game. “Every game is a big game in the Championship and we have two big games next week and we have to be ready for them.”
Premier League clubs will be scrutinised this weekend as they shuffle their packs and line up with weakened sides. The Gunners themselves will play without Petr Cech, and Mesut Özil, among other players, could be rested.
They won’t be alone though. Burnley fielded a weakened side in their third round game against Middlesbrough and Dyche is happy to do the same once more.
“It still means a lot, but we have to look at the bigger picture and find that balance, as we did in the last round at Middlesbrough.
“There won’t be wholesale changes, but we will look at the realities of the squad and the next fixtures and use it as wisely as we can to make sure we are fresh going into the next league game.”
It’s fair enough and completely understandable, but will Burnley be criticised? Arsenal and other Premier League clubs will be should they rest stars, but the Championship sides probably won’t and that doesn’t seem right.