Matt Le Tissier has questioned Arsene Wenger’s inclusion of Alex Iwobi in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final with Chelsea, branding his selection ‘bizarre’, with Alexis Sanchez starting the game on the bench.
Arsenal were able to leave Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening with their heads held high following a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. The Gunners went to play their opponents knowing that any positive result would see them in the driving seat, with the second-leg due to be played at the Emirates Stadium.
While Arsene Wenger’s side were put under pressure during the game with Chelsea having the better chances, neither side could break the deadlock in what was a disappointing game considering the last contest between the two ended in an enthralling 2-2 draw in the Premier League.
Considering Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest after fielding a weaker side, Wenger chose to utilise many of his first-team players, but he decided against starting Alexis Sanchez, with Alex Iwobi included in his place. This was despite reports that Iwobi was spotted partying in the early hours of Sunday morning, before the embarrassing defeat to Forest.
On the incident, Sky Sports reported that Matt Le Tissier said: “You’d have to say it’s hard to disagree with [claims Arsenal are losing control]. I found it quite strange that given he was out 48 hours before a game that he would then be rewarded for that by playing in the semi-final of the league cup”.
“It sends the wrong message to the rest of the squad, to the players who are sat there on the bench who are sat there thinking, ‘I should be playing in this team, why is he getting a chance He’s broken the rules, it’s not something you do. You’ve let your team-mates down and you’ve let your manager down”.
“Why is he getting rewarded by playing again in a big game like that? Bizarre”.
Iwobi was hardly the best player on the pitch against Forest, and he struggled against Chelsea too, with some fans hugely critical of his performances.