Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has explained the rationale for resting some of his star players in the Gunners 2-0 victory against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
After the international break, Arsenal picked up from where they took a break from at the Emirates Stadium, defeating the Magpies 2-0 and returned to third place in the Premier League table.
Emery who rested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his post-match conference said he had to rest some players because some players were not fit to play due to slight injury or sickness and with the tough games ahead.
“I think we are going to play a lot of matches. Next Sunday (Everton) and Napoli are two very hard matches and we need some players to give them some chances, some different minutes with some different systems and some different tactical ideas in each match. We will need everybody.”
“Laurent Koscielny missed out with a bruised left foot and Granit Xhaka was absent with a tight left groin.
“Aubameyang has had a temperature for two days and was doubtful to play today,” he said. “But also, he is coming for us to start on the bench and after he was good and he felt good in his 30 minutes.
“[Aaron Ramsey came off but] it’s only cramped. I don’t think it’s more and I hope he will be ready for Sunday at Everton.
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette in both half gave the Gunners all the three points.