Arsene Wenger made several changes to his starting XI against Hull on Saturday.
The FA Cup clash ended in a 0-0 draw, despite Arsenal having the majority of the possession and chances, but the boss insists that this has nothing to do with squad rotation as we still should have had enough quality to win the match.
Speaking after the game Wenger insisted that squad rotation was no excuse for the disappointing result.
“A shame [that I rotated]? No, because that would mean that the players in the squad are not good enough, which I don’t think [is true],” Wenger said.
“If you look at the players that played in our team, Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, they are all internationals, [as are] Elneny, Flamini, then yes, Iwobi. People want you to give a chance to young players. When you play them, they say ‘it’s a shame’.
“Up front we had Walcott, Welbeck and Campbell, all internationals. People always want you to buy more and more players. When you play them, they say ‘why did you play them?’ I think the team was of quality and that’s not an excuse.”
Our inability to score isn’t something that we’ve only experienced on Saturday. In fact, particularly at the Emirates, we’ve allowed opposition goalkeepers to visit and essentially have the game of their lives. For example, Southampton just weeks ago.
Saying this, the stats often flatter the visitors considering our shots on target tend to be directly at the goalkeeper.
Even without the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil on the pitch, the boss is right, we still should have had enough firepower to get at least a goal.