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Arsene Wenger had some difficult selection decisions to make on Sunday, and he opted for solidity by sticking with a 3-5-2 formation and bringing in Francis Coquelin.

Wenger dropped Alexandre Lacazette and played Alexis Sanchez up front in the changed formation against Manchester City on Sunday.

Why Wenger Picked Coquelin and how he rated Alexis:

The Arsenal boss explained his thinking after the game.

“I can explain to you that Mertesacker came into training yesterday morning, sick. That Holding had a thigh strain. That Debuchy had just come back from [being] a long-time absentee. That I don’t see that big a problem to play in the middle of the [central defensive] two. You’re a defensive midfielder or a defender, it’s exactly the same. I don’t think that was a problem in our game.”

Alexis Sanchez Kolasinac

Wenger also spoke about how he felt about Alexis’ performance:

“I felt that in the difficult moments of the game, he did very well because he was on his own up front. In the first half, I felt he was very sharp but he had not enough support. Overall, I think he has given everything.

It is a huge mental test, but I had no doubt about him before the game. I know that he is focused and he wants to win.

I thought Alexis had a good performance.”

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Arsene Wenger had some difficult selection decisions to make on Sunday, and he opted for solidity by sticking with a 3-5-2 formation and bringing in Francis Coquelin.

Wenger dropped Alexandre Lacazette and played Alexis Sanchez up front in the changed formation against Manchester City on Sunday.

Why Wenger Picked Coquelin and how he rated Alexis:

The Arsenal boss explained his thinking after the game.

“I can explain to you that Mertesacker came into training yesterday morning, sick. That Holding had a thigh strain. That Debuchy had just come back from [being] a long-time absentee. That I don’t see that big a problem to play in the middle of the [central defensive] two. You’re a defensive midfielder or a defender, it’s exactly the same. I don’t think that was a problem in our game.”

Alexis Sanchez Kolasinac

Wenger also spoke about how he felt about Alexis’ performance:

“I felt that in the difficult moments of the game, he did very well because he was on his own up front. In the first half, I felt he was very sharp but he had not enough support. Overall, I think he has given everything.

It is a huge mental test, but I had no doubt about him before the game. I know that he is focused and he wants to win.

I thought Alexis had a good performance.”

 

Arsene Wenger had some difficult selection decisions to make on Sunday, and he opted for solidity by sticking with a 3-5-2 formation and bringing in Francis Coquelin.

Wenger dropped Alexandre Lacazette and played Alexis Sanchez up front in the changed formation against Manchester City on Sunday.

Why Wenger Picked Coquelin and how he rated Alexis:

The Arsenal boss explained his thinking after the game.

“I can explain to you that Mertesacker came into training yesterday morning, sick. That Holding had a thigh strain. That Debuchy had just come back from [being] a long-time absentee. That I don’t see that big a problem to play in the middle of the [central defensive] two. You’re a defensive midfielder or a defender, it’s exactly the same. I don’t think that was a problem in our game.”

Alexis Sanchez Kolasinac

Wenger also spoke about how he felt about Alexis’ performance:

“I felt that in the difficult moments of the game, he did very well because he was on his own up front. In the first half, I felt he was very sharp but he had not enough support. Overall, I think he has given everything.

It is a huge mental test, but I had no doubt about him before the game. I know that he is focused and he wants to win.

I thought Alexis had a good performance.”

 

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