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Arsenal vs Brighton: Wenger reveals team selection plans

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that he plans to reward Theo Walcott for his brace against BATE Borisov with more Premier League minutes.

However, Wenger admits he will continue with plans to rotate his team for Sunday’s visit of Brighton.

The Frenchman will recall those rested from Thursday’s trip to Belarus, although Mesut Ozil remains unavailable and Laurent Koscielny is a doubt.

When asked if Walcott will be used in the league, Wenger responded: “Yes. [But] the competition up front is hard.

“I have Sanchez, I have Walcott. I have shown Theo I have confidence in him for a big game [at BATE]. I have a different schedule for the players who have played the full 90 [on Thursday]; I will rotate again on Sunday.

“I don’t relate the selection to [Walcott’s post-Palace comments] at all. I have experienced many times statements after the games, so it is nothing to do with that. It is just I have many strikers of top quality. 

“Lucas Perez I have given out on loan so that is why I have all these decisions to make on that front. It is important to give them enough games.

“He could have scored more [at BATE], but his strength is scoring goals. He can score goals: he is a good finisher and had two or three more chances. But as long as the team played very well, there were plenty of chances.

“He has good quality in the timing of his runs and the quality of his runs. He goes into areas where he is dangerous.”

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