Jamie Redknapp nails it with criticism of Wenger's big Arsenal call

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Pundit criticises Arsenal boss' decision to rest Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under fire after an opening defeat to Liverpool, defeated in a 4-3 thriller.

While the Gunners toiled defensively, centre-back Laurent Koscielny sat in the stands watching on despite not being injured and training last week.

This is because Arsene Wenger stubbornly wants to give his players a full rest period after involvement at major tournaments.

He did it in 2014 as he rested his German World Cup winners and they lost to Aston Villa, and the Gunners have now lost on the opening day for three seasons in a row.

France's Laurent Koscielny in action with Republic of Ireland's Robbie BradyFrance's Laurent Koscielny in action with Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady

Pundit Jamie Redknapp has called out Wenger for his choice, telling The Mail: "I know Koscielny returned to training only last week from his post-Euro 2016 break but with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker ruled out, Wenger should have insisted the Frenchman played.

"It’s the main reason why Arsenal lost on Sunday and if it was up to me, I would have told him to play and take a week off a few weeks into the season when the other senior centre backs were fit."

Redknapp has nailed it here, Wenger should have seen this coming, and should have pushed Koscielny into action for the sake of the team.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Of course this is escaping the fact this is an avoidable situation that the Arsenal boss has put himself in, by his failure to secure the signing of a top defender this summer.

Merstesacker went down two weeks ago and even before that point the Gunners needed a new defender.

To be at this stage and relying on youngster Rob Holding, with Kosicelny sat in the stands, is farcical, and emblematic of Arsene Wenger's struggles to read situations, and his stubbornness.

Arsenal's Rob Holding in action with Liverpool's Roberto FirminoArsenal's Rob Holding in action with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino

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