Wenger sticks up for ‘outstanding’ Vermaelen and Szczesny

Arsène Wenger dismisses suggestions that Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny could be set for an Arsenal exit

The Sport Review staff
By    
wojciech szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny was rested for Wednesday's clash Photo: Nike

wojciech szczesny

Arsène Wenger has dismissed suggestions that Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny could be set for an Arsenal exit after they were rested for Wednesday’s clash at Bayern Munich.

Wenger’s decision to drop the pair raised eyebrows ahead of the 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena, with reports suggesting they could be on their way to an Emirates Stadium exit.

But the Gunners boss has played down the significance of his decision ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

“They are two outstanding players who are part of our squad,” Wenger told a news conference. “They have played so many games until now. Their position is very important in the squad.

“All the players are in the same position: nobody is guaranteed a place in the team. When you go into this job, you know you have competition.

“Everybody faces the same competition and the players who have come in have been on the bench for a long, long time. They all have the same problem. The job of being a top-level competitor is to deal with that.

“Every position is up for grabs. You have to face it like that. The last game decides the next one.”

MORE: 10 players Man United could sign in the summer transfer window

MORE: Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Dubai Duty Free WTA preview
The Sport Review
Dubai Duty Free WTA preview: Kerber eyes No1, but Konta joins injury withdrawals
Slideshow
The Sport Review
10 players Man United could sign in the summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd stars feature
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: Meet the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife Larissa Pereira
The Sport Review
Dele Alli: 15 photos of Tottenham midfielder’s stunning girlfriend Ruby Mae
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Chelsea WAGs: Meet David Luiz, Oscar and Willian’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho makes admission about Chelsea
The Sport Review
Paul Scholes reacts to Chelsea v Man United in FA Cup quarter-final draw
The Sport Review
Rotterdam 2017: Lucky 13 for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, unlucky sixth for David Goffin