Wenger: Why I changed my mind about Coquelin today
Arsene Wenger has given an explanation for one of the big decisions he made in Sunday’s win over Bournemouth.
After recording three straight draws against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, the Gunners returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Eddie Howe’s side.
This weekend’s affair saw Wenger change his starting line-up heavily as several players including Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi all dropped to the bench.
Arguably the biggest change of all was at right-back where Carl Jenkinson was replaced by Mathieu Debuchy who was forced off by an injury well before half-time.
According to Wenger, Francis Coquelin was rather meant to play but he later changed his mind.
“When I picked the squad I imagined that something could happen to Debuchy. I had Francis Coquelin ready to play right back as well because he can play there, but I went for Gabriel because he’s a defender and is very quick.” the Arsenal boss said
“He adapted well. I watched tapes of him playing full back at Villarreal.
“On two or three occasions he played at left back and I found just one tape of him playing at right back. He was playing in Brazil and I must say that it was not super convincing, but today he did well.”