Wenger weighs up options
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering dropping Marouane Chamakh for the vital home clash with Chelsea on Monday.
The Gunners manager says the player's form has suffered due to a heavy workload, and he may need a break.
The 27-year-old has not scored in his last three matches, and Wenger is pondering whether to start with Robin van Persie or Nicklas Bendtner.
"Marouane has given a lot. He has played a lot on his own up front. He is a bit tired at the moment," Wenger told FIFA.com.
"He's used to having a winter break in France at this stage of the season. He has played nearly every game since the start of the season. He feels that he had a little dip physically, but he's working very hard in training to come back."
Arsenal have lost their last five matches against Chelsea, conceding 13 goals in the process, but Wenger believes his side can come out on top.
"Let's say we look at the number of points we have and we have nothing to envy," Wenger added. "We just need to get over that hurdle of winning a trophy. As long as the team has not won one trophy, people wonder: 'Can we win?'.
"It's a mental thing. We have the quality, we are maybe a bit young, but not so much now. We still have to build a new team and manage to stay at the top. There are a lot of teams who would be happy where we are, but we want more and that's our purpose this season. Our target is to deliver and respond to the demands that people have."
Wenger acknowledges that his side needs more defensive stability than they have shown in recent meetings with Chelsea, who have won convincingly in their last two visits to the Emirates Stadium.
He said: "The first goal is very important in these kind of matches. We have to play our game but with more belief and more dynamism instead of changing completely our style of play."
Given Arsenal's dreadful recent record against Chelsea and the Blues having their big names back fans might fancy using their free bet to back the west London outfit to get the better of the Gunners again.