Out-of-favour trio Yossi Benayoun, Andrey Arshavin and Park-Chu Young might have done enough to be included in the squad on Sunday.
Despite scoring three goals this season, Benayoun has found playing time at Arsenal very hard to come by since joining from Chelsea on loan.
His fellow winger Andrey Arshavin has seen his own decline in form limit him to the bench for much of the season, while Korean summer signing Park-Chu Young is yet to start a match in the Premier League.
The former Monaco ace is arguably the most frustrated man among Wenger’s second choice of players after being left out of the Champions League visit to AC Milan last week.
But the Gunners boss decided to allow his three attacking talents to improve their fitness and form with the club’s reserves as they were named in the squad which played Norwich City’s second string side today.
Indeed, Beayoun and company showed up in impressive fashion for the Arsenal reserves, thrashing Norwich’s youngsters 5-0 away from home. The Israeli star netted the Gunners’ fifth goal of the game after Park-Chu had opened the scoring within six minutes after kick-off.
But the man who stole the show was the much-maligned Andrey Arshavin who bagged two goals and many plaudits at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
It was not all smiles for the Gunners though, as other returnee Marouane Chamakh went off with injury an problem.
But with Aaron Ramsey struggling to find form in midfield and Theo Walcott misfiring, Arshavin, Benayoun and even Park-Chu Young may now fancy their chances in Wenger’s first team plans for upcoming games.