By Matt Fortune

Arsène Wenger has explained his decision not to start 22-goal striker Emmanuel Adebayor at Bolton on Saturday.

With his side two down in the second half, Wenger went for broke, introducing the Togo international and Theo Walcott - a move that paid the ultimate dividend. Within 10 minutes Arsenal were level.

The Gunners have struggled in front of goal recently, but Wenger insists that the array of talent available to him in that department is capable of firing the Club to success come May. It is just a case of keeping them all in optimum condition. 

"I had one striker who needed games, Robin van Persie, and one who needed to be rested," said Wenger. "[Adebayor] looked a bit jaded recently and he played a game in midweek. I knew I could not rest him at all in the next three games. He is important to me.
"I believe that Bendtner can give a lot but he played a big game as well on Wednesday night. He had a good first half but after that he tired."

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31 Mar 2008