Former Tottenham Hotspur attacker Darren Anderton suggested on social networking site Twitter that it was right of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger not to start Per Mertesacker against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Mertesacker started the Premier League game against the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium on the substitutes’ bench.
The 31-year-old central defender is a regular for the Gunners, but former Tottenham attacker Anderson believes that it was right of Wenger to keep him on the bench.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth man claimed that the Frenchman made the decision keeping in mind the pace of Benik Afobe.
No surprise to see Mertesacker on the bench.. Worried about Afobe's pace to get in behind obviously...— Darren Anderton (@Darren_Anderton) February 7, 2016
Mertesacker did not come on as a substitute as Arsenal got the better of Bournemouth 2-0, thanks to first-half goals from Mesut Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal are third in the Premier League table at the moment with 48 points from 25 matches, five points behind leaders Leicester City.
The North London outfit will take on Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in the league next weekend.