Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained reasons why he substituted summer signing Alexandre Lacazette in Monday nights’s victory over Premier League side West Bromwich Albion despite the forward being on a hat-trick.
The Frenchman’s double on Monday helped the Gunners to a 2-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League. The Frenchman was seeking his first Arsenal hat-trick as the home team took control of the match in the second stanza and threatened to score more.
However, the manager the striker off in the 83rd moment to give Frenchman Olivier Giroud some playing minutes. Going by Wenger’s explanation, it was a sensible decision.
The former Lyon forward hasn’t completed an entire match for the Gunners since the opening-day match against Leicester City. He’s often been pulled out and replaced by countrymate Olivier Giroud in the final moment of matches, usually due to fatigue.
With much of the second stanza of the match against West Bromwich Albion played in the visitors’ half of the pitch, bringing on the 30-year-old Giroud to defend set-pieces doesn’t seem like the best decision.
Still, while fans would think Lacazette should have been allowed to grab a hat-trick, Wenger’s men have a busy week ahead, and rotating players is key for fitness to get through it. Oliver Giroud, meanwhile, is still seeking his 100th goal for Arsenal.