Wenger – Chamakh will replace Van Persie against Leeds

Arsene Wenger is very grateful that the FA Cup will give him a chance to give Robin Van Persie a well-earned rest this weekend after it was revealed that the Dutchman played the most minutes of any Arsenal player in 2011.

Last season Arsenal played Leeds at the same stage of the competition and after playing a weakened team the Gunners were only given a lifeline by the substitute Cesc Fabregas equalising with a last minute penalty. It is unlikely that Wenger will be underestimating his opponents this time around.

“I will play a strong side, a normal side,” Wenger said.