The midfield pair had been rested from Arsenal´s clash at Slavia Prague on the same night and used their time off to visit Fabregas´ former club - but Wenger was unconcerned and explained his key reason for resting Fabregas and Hleb was to give them a mental break before the hectic festive season.
The Gunners manager explained: "Part of the reason for omitting them was just to get them out of football. Sometimes it is better to leave a player out of the team completely rather than putting him on to bench so he gets a mental rest for a couple of days."
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