Arsenal boss Wenger defends decision to rest Wilshere at Villa

Arsene Wenger is convinced he made the correct decision in resting Jack Wilshere for Saturday's stalemate at Aston Villa

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Jack Wilshere missed the whole of the 2011-12 season through injury Photo: Nike

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Arsene Wenger is convinced he made the right decision in resting Jack Wilshere for Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday evening after the Gunners were held to a goalless draw in Birmingham.

Wenger’s men failed to break down a stubborn Villa rearguard as the north Londoners fell further behind league leaders Manchester United, who are now 10 points ahead of the Gunners.

The Frenchman opted not to risk fielding Wilshere at a rain-drenched Villa Park, with sections of the travelling support making their discontent known towards the end of the game.

But Wenger stood by his decision when quizzed about it in his post-match news conference.

“Theo Walcott was injured,” said Wenger. “Wilshere has played three or four games and I decided to give him a breather today.

“I decided to rest him today unless really needed. It’s more dangerous in weather like that, to bring a player on when he’s tired. It was sensible not to play him today.”

Wenger also played down the significance of the 10-point gap to Manchester United, ahead of a testing trip to Everton on Wednesday night.

“Why should we panic?,” he said. “We worry about our next game and we play our next game.

“I don’t know why you should worry about more. You have to worry about your performance, that’s all. [The feeling is we must] focus for the next game.”

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