Instead – speaking to ClaretandHugh he said: “We are not down to playing the kids. We have an experienced team we can put out Injuries must be expected. I dare say Arsenal have a few.
“It’s when you reach the point where you are having to throw youngsters on that there’s a problem and we aren’t at that stage.”
With Enner Valencia, James Tomkins (above) and Winston Reid all unavailable through injury, Alex Song apparently carrying a knee problem and Carl Jenkinson unavailable under the pre-season arrangement between the two clubs, it looks a bit bleak.
But Gold said: “I am expecting a decent performance and I want to believe we can come away with something. It’s no good moaning and groaning about injuries.
“It would be a miracle at this stage if we and every other club didn’t have these issues. We can’t keep on about that – we have to go to Arsenal and do a professional job.
“That’s the expectation and I refuse to feel sorry for myself. We can get something over there but we have to get on with it because there’s nothing else to be done.”