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Wenger on why Alexis started on the bench

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There was a lot of speculation pre-game about why Alexis was only on the bench for the game at Stamford Bridge – so what was the thinking behind it?

Arsene Wenger addressed it in his press conference after our Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, and this is what he said:

on whether he can reveal why he benched Alexis and started Iwobi…
No, not really.

on Iwobi…
Yes, it is one thing to punish someone individually and the second thing to punish everybody. If I think he can help the team to win it has nothing to do with the fact that he can be punished separately and individually.

on whether Alexis being benched had anything to do with Manchester City…
No, no the team selection had nothing to do with the transfer market.

on why he benched him…
Why not?

on whether he is his best player…
I have not to justify every decision I make, I made over 1,000 games and I made over 1,000 teams and got it wrong every time. I have to make a decision.

on whether he is confident Alexis will stay this January…
Yes, that is what I want, I want him to stay for longer because I believe he is a very important player for us and I believe that when he came on tonight you could see that he created danger straight away. You have to accept as well when you play so many games, and Sanchez plays every game, that sometimes a breather in the middle of the season helps them a little bit.

on Alexis being able to speak to foreign clubs – and if Wenger is aware of him doing that…
No. Are you aware? I…



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