Wenger on why he didn't pick Bellerin or Gnabry to start, and won't

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger picked two teenagers on the bench, but left them as unused substitutes.

Arsene Wenger has always been a firm believer in youth talent, perhaps too much so for his own good.

The recent selection of unproven youngster Yaya Sanogo at home to Bayern Munich illustrated why he has cultivated a reputation as one of the best managers in the business for giving players a chance, even if that was criticised as being too cavalier.

When young defender Hector Bellerin, 19, was drafted into the first team squad for the Swansea game, there was a hint the Frenchman was preparing to shake things up, while winger Serge Gnabry, 18, scored in the game at the Liberty Stadium in the previous clash between the two sides this season.

Wenger however stopped short of selecting either against the Swans, deciding the moment was not right or fair to either to throw them in. And fans should not expect to see either against Manchester City at the weekend either.

Asked in his post-game press conference if he would give chances to the under-21 stars, he responded:

"When you go through a difficult period like that, you need a bit of experience. To put young players under massive pressure at the moment like we are... It is easier said than done.

"At the moment, I feel that the experienced players did very well and we need that as well in a situation like that."

It's an understandable point, and having seen the effects of Arsenal's heavy defeat at Old Trafford three seasons ago, there's reason behind it. The 8-2 defeat spelled the end of Armand Traore's career at the club, while it did not do Francis Coquelin any good either.

While there was little chance of such a scoreline at home to Swansea, Arsenal have Manchester City next up and Wenger clearly wanted to take no risks after the 6-0 hammering by Chelsea. If he brought them in for last night's game, he'd likely swap them out against City anyway.

He was clearly looking for stability last night ahead of the crucial game with City; however whether he got it is another matter entirely.

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