Previous
United States
Canada
1
0
FT
Game Details
Chiapas
U.A.N.L
1
3
FT
Game Details
Malaga
Getafe
3
0
FT
Game Details
Borussia Monchengladbach
Werder Bremen
5
1
FT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brentford
3
0
FT
Game Details
Belenenses
Benfica
0
5
FT
Game Details
Next
United StatesUnited States
CanadaCanada
1
0
FT
Game Details
By ESPN Staff

Wenger defends Ox substitution

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defended his decision to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Andrei Arshavin in the second half as the Gunners lost 2-1 against Manchester United.

Wenger's move to replace 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain, who set up Arsenal's goal, with Arshavin at 1-1 drew an angry response from the Emirates Stadium crowd - and captain Robin van Persie.

But Wenger told Sky Sports 1: ''He started to stretch his calf and he had given a lot, he is not used to that intensity.''

Wenger continued his defence of the Oxlade-Chamberlain substitution in a frosty post-match press conference.

''I can understand that the fans are upset about the substitution, especially when it doesn't work, but he (Oxlade-Chamberlain) had started to fatigue,'' he said. ''He was sick in the week. Arshavin is captain of the Russia national team.

''You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who's captain of his country and they are querying the substitution? Let's be serious.

''I've been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 substitutions. I do not have to justify every decision I make to you (the Press). I stand up for it.''

However, Wenger admitted the result leaves his team in real danger of not making the top four this season.

''It leaves us in a very difficult position. It's a game we couldn't afford to lose,'' he said.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.