Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update after Stoke loss
The Arsenal boss reveals that Danny Welbeck has been struggling with a groin problem
Arsene Wenger has revealed that his decision to start Danny Welbeck on the bench for Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat by Stoke was due to the striker suffering from a groin injury.
The England international came on as a second-half substitute as the Gunners slumped to their fourth Premier League loss of the season at the Britannia Stadium.
And when asked about Welbeck after the game, Wenger replied: “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.
“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 [Sanchez] has played every game, he has to dig deep in every game. At some stage you have to rest the players.”
The Frenchman also admitted that the absence of defenders Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal due to injury didn’t help matters against the Potters.
“We were a bit inexperienced at the back – we couldn’t play Koscielny or Monreal and we had Debuchy out as well,” said Wenger, who also confirmed that he is planning to rest Sanchez for Tuesday’s trip to Galatasaray in the Champions League.
“We were altogether maybe a bit soft to cope with what they offered us.”