Arsene Wenger sprung something of a shock last night by deciding to field young French striker Yaya Sanogo in place of the more established Olivier Giroud.
Amid a tumultuous week for Giroud - which saw him accused of breaking curfew and an extra-marital affair - there were rumours it was a disciplinary related decision from Wenger, something he strenuously denied before and after the game:
“It was just a decision based on performance. When I play Giroud in every game, people reproach me from playing him in every game. When I rest him, people reproach me for rested him. Tonight I rested him so you should be happy. It was not punishment, it was just a decision tonight.”
Sanogo started brightly - forcing Manuel Neuer into a great save in the opening ten minutes. However he also appeared distinctly clumsy and tired toward the end of the game - unsurprisingly considering his lack of first team action and the task at hand.
But for one man once again Wenger’s decision did not sit well.
Piers Morgan, oft the opinionated Arsenal fan on Twitter, was not pleased with the decision - but he was also keen to point out once again his disbelief in Wenger’s decision not to buy a striker in January.
He claimed that Sanogo was not of the class necessary to provide the likes of Mesut Ozil with the forward link-up play they are used to - and he seemed to sympathise with Sanogo for being thrown into the deep end.
Here is what he had to say…
Sanogo's been slung in at the deepest end in football history. Ridiculous our striker hopes rest on him. But wish him all the best. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2014
Sanogo has never scored a goal for Arsenal but on a positive note, he has a 100% win record when he starts. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2014
Blaming Ozil when Wenger's transfer inaction means he had to play a kid up front vs Bayern who's NEVER scored for Arsenal? Ridiculous. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2014