Arsenal players left baffled by Arsene Wenger's strange decisions

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Arsenal's senior stars have been left baffled by a string of strange decisions by their manager Arsene Wenger, according to The Telegraph.

Debate has been raging in the Emirates dressing room with regards to the Frenchman, whose judgement has been called into question over the past few weeks.

Having won just two of their last seven Premier League games, the Gunners have fallen 13 points behind leaders Leicester City. Indeed, having slipped to fourth place, they now find themselves scrapping to qualify for the Champions League.


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And the players were left scratching their heads after Sunday's disappointing draw against Crystal Palace, which saw tension in the stands reach breaking point. Instead of tearing into his team, Wenger gave them Monday off.

With a now crucial game against West Bromwich Albion on Thursday night, the decision was met with bewilderment. They had already been given the previous Friday off as well as Sunday and Monday after the 3-3 draw against West Ham.

Injury problems

Wenger, of course, is attempting to curtail the injuries that have plagued his side yet again this season. The likes of Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin have spent significant time in the treatment room and the Frenchman is trying to make sure his players remain fresh as games come thick and fast.

However, Arsenal's senior team have had four of the last nine days off and there is now serious concern that they have not had enough time to correct the issues both at the front and at the back.

Team selection

There is also a shared belief from both players and coaches that Wenger has made the wrong decisions on matchdays. For instance, David Ospina was preferred to the fit-again Petr Cech for the game against West Ham only to then be dropped against Crystal Palace.

Ospina's job of stopping Andy Carroll was made more difficult by the inclusion of Gabriel at the back, who was favored over Per Mertesacker despite the Englishman's presence. With both South Americans lacking in height compared to Carroll, he scored a hat-trick. 

Gabriel was criticised for turning his back on Carroll's acrobatic shot that deflected off him to draw West Ham level and did the same against Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie. Some sections have questioned Cech's attempted save, but the goalkeeper stood firm when asked if he had done his best.

Blame game

"He [Bolasie] fired it along the floor, the ball skidded very fast," Cech told Sky Sports. "I got a touch but the ball was already behind me.

"We had chances to score the second goal but didn't find the back of the net. They had several counter-attacks but we were dealing very well with them.

They have been waiting for a counter attack all game, but unfortunately they managed to find one with a goal. We should have seen the game off. This is two dropped points."

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