19 July, 2015, 12:00 am
SINGAPORE – Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to field a strong Arsenal squad for the Barclays Asia Trophy final against Everton after resting most of his star players for their opening game earlier this week.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and newly-signed goalkeeper Petr Cech all watched from the stands on Wednesday as a fairly youthful Gunners side overpowered a Singapore Select XI 4-0 with teenager Chuba Akpom bagging a hat-trick.
However, the FA Cup holders should be at full strength when they face Premier League rivals Everton in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd at the 55,000-capacity National Stadium.
“We have no fringe players, only good players,” said Wenger.
“Some players with less experience played on Wednesday, but I came out here to give a game to everyone so those who were not involved in the last game against Singapore will play tomorrow.”
Wenger is expecting a tough outing against an Everton side that finished fifth in the Premier League two seasons ago but slipped to a disappointing 11th in the last campaign after making a slow start.
The Toffees beat Stoke City on penalties after a hard-fought goalless draw on Wednesday.
“The first half was very competitive between Everton and Stoke and the challenges were very absolutely full challenges and I expect that from Everton (in the final),” said the Arsenal boss.