The Frenchman named a weakened team ahead of his side's FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Blackburn and was made to pay as Michael Appleton's men earned a shock 1-0 win
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to rest the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott ahead of Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Blackburn.
The Frenchman opted to name a weakened starting line-up for the game at the Emirates Stadium, with a Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Bayern Munich approaching on Tuesday.
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Club legend Ian Wright laid the blame solely at Wenger’s feet, claiming an unnecessary focus on a fourth-place finish in the Premier League yet again affected a chance for silverware - but Wenger has hit back at suggestions that his selection was to blame.
"We had 11 international players on the pitch at the start of the game," he told reporters.