Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make wholesale changes to the Gunners side that face Stoke City on Saturday. With the Frenchman reportedly set to axe defenders Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre along with midfielders Denilson and Samir Nasri after the 4-4 North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday in which Arsenal conceded two late goals to hand Spurs a draw.
Captain William Gallas was also believed to have been in danger of losing his place, but has pulled out of the Premier League clash with the Potters due to injury, with Kolo Toure set to replace the French International after being left on the bench for the games against West Ham United and Tottenham.
All was not well in the Emirates dressing room after the Spurs match, with finger being pointed and voices raised as the inquest into how Tottenham came away from the Emirates Stadium with a point began. Wenger, who is normally calmness personified is even quoted by an insider at the North London club as being “as angry as anyone has seen him” after the late capitulation against their fierce rivals.
The insider told The Sun: “Everyone was going crazy in the dressing room after the game. There were a lot of raised voices and fingers being pointed.
“Everyone was blaming each other for Spurs’ two late goals and the manager was as angry as anyone has seen him for a long time.”
Should Silvestre, Clichy, Nasri and Denilson all feel the wrath of Wenger for the Spurs debacle, then Alexandre Song, Johan Djourou, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby could all get the chance to show that perhaps they were the players Wenger should have started with against Tottenham.