Arsenal have maintained their position on top of the Premier and Champions League log, and the Gunners will be looking to continue with their fine form when we host Tottenham in the League this week.
Hector Bellerin was among several Arsenal players that were dropped for the game against Ludogret earlier this week and Arsene Wenger has revealed his reason for dropping the Spaniard.
Arsenal returned from the trip to Bulgaria with a hard-fought victory after having to come back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 triumph over Ludogorets.
Wenger was forced to make changes due to the inevitable absence of Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla.
Monreal and Walcott, who missed last Saturday’s visit to Sunderland, were known to be struggling to stay fit and so their absence on Tuesday was relatively expected.
However, the omission Bellerin, who did not appear to have suffered an injury during the 4-1 win at the Stadium Light, is what was concerning for many.
According to Wenger, the decision to leave out the Spanish right-back was only a precautionary move to maintain his fitness.
“Hector has a test [before Tottenham game]. I left him behind because I was cautious with him.” Wenger told Arsenal official website.
“We could have basically forced the issue, he could have played maybe in Bulgaria but he should be alright [for Sunday].”