Arsene Wenger insists a need for rest in “one or two games” is why he has chosen to drop Danny Welbeck from the starting line-up.
The England international managed to feature regularly for the Gunners after returning from a long injury lay-off in February.
However, Welbeck has missed out on a start in the past three games with the much-maligned Olivier Giroud being preferred upfront.
After watching the former Manchester United star find the net against Norwich on Sunday, Wenger has responded to critics who questioned his decision to drop Welbeck.
“Welbeck came in and played very well [on his comeback], like the players who have been out for nine months always do.” Wenger said
“You have to trust me on that, I know that well – after they come in they are super sharp and then after, against Crystal Palace, he had a very average game and looked a bit for one or two games that he paid for the physical energy he had given.
“So you let them rest one or two games and you bring them back in. [Against Norwich], when he came on, you could see he is a different animal again.”