Date: 4th January 2017 at 10:56am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about his team selection for last night’s draw with Bournemouth and given a brief update on the state of the players.

Making the trip to Dean Court for what turned into a three goal comeback to take a point in front of the Sky cameras, Wenger spoke about the team selection issues he had to face in the build up to the game owing to the lack of preparation time and also the injury situation with players like Hector Bellerin doubtful ahead of the game and Francis Coquelin picking up an issue in the match itself.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference Wenger spoke firstly about the importance of Giroud who played his part in all three comeback goals and he also had praise for Lucas Perez’s impact from the substitutes bench.

‘Every player is important. I thought Lucas came on and had an exceptional game. I said on Sunday that Giroud can score important goals – he has done that again today because when you play in the box he is dangerous. I think Lucas scored an exceptional goal of pure class. Giroud again scored because we dominated and he can score a header. Look, you have mixed feelings after a game like that because you wanted three points and you got only one. But when you are 3-0 down after 70 minutes you take a point as well.’

With Francis Coquelin coming off in the first half after only 28 minutes, Wenger went on to say.

‘Coquelin has a hamstring. It`s too early, you have to wait 48 hours for a scan to see. Usually when he sits down and comes up it`s not so good news. It`s just a tightness. The player tries to get on but he didn`t even try to play again.’

With a sub par performance from Hector Bellerin, Wenger also revealed he was a doubt ahead of the game but wanted to push through.

‘He had a knock, he was uncertain to play. That`s the problem when you have only 48 hours, you have to play some players who come out of a game like Crystal Palace with knocks. We had three or four players who we had to wait for the warm up to see if they could play.’

Pressed on the other three players, Laurent Koscielny wasn’t a surprise inclusion in the list.

‘We had Koscielny, we had Gabriel that I didn`t start in the end because I was not in a position, and then I did not start Oxlade-Chamberlain because I did not take a gamble with him because I don`t know who we have to take off. You cannot take the fresh player out but then you cannot, the players who have played 48 hours before, you cannot take them out. It complicates a lot, the job. But we have to shut up and cope with it.’

Adding about Koscielny and his substitution in the 64th minute.

‘He was tired, he had cramps in both legs and that`s why I decided to take him off.’

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