Arsenal had a 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb yesterday where the Gunners’ ravaging attack answered all the questions asked by their Croatian visitors on the night.
Apart from the decision to start Mathieu Flamini, another surprising decision made by the manager was Alexis Sanchez playing full 90 minutes.
The Chilean was rumored to be unfit after returning from the international break and was reported to be handed at least a week rest. However, he is yet to miss a game and looks ready to play on.
Quizzed on why he chose to leave Sanchez on the pitch, the manager responded:
“Because a break makes him tired.
“I would have loved to have done it in this game, but when you’re 3-0 ahead you’re not in a position where you need him to work back.
“We put him central up front where he could spare some energy. It’s not like the flank where he has to go up and down. I tried to compromise a little bit, rest him a little bit.
The manager also revealed Oliver Giroud was not 100% fit while Hector Bellerin has still not gotten the groin problem off his system.
“Olivier Giroud had a little problem on his ankle over the weekend so I decided to give him a little breather.
“I took Hector Bellerin off because he had a groin problem just before. Then of course I couldn’t take Sanchez off. We now have five days to recover anyway.
“I don’t know how important Alexis is percentage-wise, he’s just a very important player.