Arsene Wenger believes his decision to drop Calum Chambers for Mathieu Flamini over the weekend was the right one.
An ankle problem saw the French veteran miss the 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, but Flamini was easily restored into the starting line-up on Saturday after recovering.
According to Wenger, it was a justified move for Chambers to return to the bench against Newcastle, despite the English youngster’s encouraging performance last Monday.
“Flamini has played well and it was a difficult game for the midfielders because they put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t find our combinations.” Wenger said
“You never know when you play in midfield if you move away from the ball and get into areas where you can get the ball or if you sit. He is intelligent and has experience.”
With Arsenal expected to rest several first team regulars in the FA Cup clash with Sunderland this weekend, both Flamini and Chambers could feature in the same starting line-up.
Wenger’s options in midfield will soon be boosted by the returns of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky who have resumed training while Mohamed Elneny finalizes his transfer from Basel.