Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger explains Danny Welbeck’s absence
Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck was left out due to injury at Stoke
Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck missed Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Stoke City due to a slight groin injury.
The Potters broke the deadlock inside 20 seconds as Peter Crouch netted before Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters put the home side in command.
Santi Cazorla netted a second-half penalty before Aaron Ramsey made it 3-2 with a brilliant volley, but the Gunners failed to conjure a leveller as Calum Chambers was sent off.
England international Welbeck was a 46-minute substitute at The Britannia, but Wenger responded to criticism of his team selection for the five-goal thriller.
“Danny has played a lot, he had a little groin problem. He could have played. I rotated a little bit because I wanted to give him a breather,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“I had to respond at half-time unfortunately and it looked like he was alright. We have three or four strikers from game to game and not everybody can play. As Alexis has played every game, he has to dig deep in every game. At some stage you have to rest the players.”