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Arsene Wenger was interviewed in a Pre-match conference, where he gave an update on his team and news, he said:”Wilshere, Koscielny, Cech, Aubameyang (ineligible) left behind and everyone else has travelled.
“One or two had recent problems, like Koscielny with his Achilles. Wilshere was more precautionary.
“I don’t know exactly what the pitch is about, but I wanted to rest Jack because he was sick before the game against Spurs.
“It is a little bit sensitive case because we expected him to be a bit further in his development of the groin problem and he doesn’t move forward as quickly as we expected it. Today we would say that certainly he will not be available even for the next game against Ostersunds. Maybe for the cup final, we don’t know yet, it depends how he will progress from now.
“We go into direct knockout so of course the risk is higher. We are ambitious in the competition as well. So, yes, we are more experienced than we were before.
“I would have done that anyway, no matter what happens in the league. We, of course, try to focus on the league but we would have brought an experienced team here.”