It's a disgrace! Fans join Lineker in condemning Wenger's decision to rest key players for crunch Munich clash
11:14 GMT, 13 March 2013
12:17 GMT, 13 March 2013
Gary Lineker has slammed Arsene Wenger’s decision to rest several key players for tonight’s Champions League last-16 second leg tie at Bayern Munich.
With the Gunners 3-1 down after the first leg at the Emirates and needing at least three goals in the Allianz Arena to progress to the quarter-finals the Arsenal boss has left first-team regulars Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker in England.
With Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski already missing through injury Wenger has effectively thrown in the towel, despite the club being out of the FA Cup and 24 points adrift of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
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The Match of the Day presenter and former England striker tweeted: ‘They have no other cup competitions to worry about, why on earth would he feel the need to rest players’
One argument is that Arsenal need to rest players as they push for fourth place and Champions League qualification for next season, but Lineker dismissed that.
He tweeted: ‘Who he plays tonight will have no baring on where they finish in the league. Rotation is a myth.’
Left behind: Santi Cazorla (above) and Theo Walcott are missing in Munich
Another tweet read: ‘If they are injured, that’s a different matter. Top players rarely need a rest.’
Many Arsenal fans are furious with Wenger’s decision after they had already paid for the trip to Munich and tickets to the game.
One disrgruntled Gunner, Ken Barkway, tweeted: ‘Its a disgrace really. It is the final proof that the club is little more than a cash cow. Glory clearly no place in the agenda.’
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