By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger says Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny were a little “on the edge” ahead of Tuesday’s game against Marseille.
Wenger rested the duo for the Champions League Group F clash with Didier Deschamps’ side following the frantic 5-3 victory at Stamford Bridge just four days earlier.
The Arsenal manager revealed that the duo would be back in contention to face West Brom on Saturday, citing mild fatigue for the pair’s absence against Marseille.
“He [Robin] was a bit on the edge after the Chelsea game but he was not injured,” said Wenger. “He was just very tired after Chelsea.
“On Tuesday the question was do I play him an hour and take him off or put him on in the last half-hour if needed. I chose the second option.
“The negative is that we didn't win, the positive is that he didn't get injured.
“Koscielny was on the edge on Tuesday night because he had a very good game on Saturday,” he added.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Nov 2011