I think some of you guys are digging for logic that isn’t there. Alexis is important for Wenger and he’s allowed to play close to 90 minutes every game he’s in. I don’t see him missing too much in this busy period. Wenger doesn’t mind Welbeck up top either and obviously he’s stuck Alexis there before, so I really don’t think this is Wenger being cautious, this is just Wenger being Wenger where Lacazette is concerned.
Maybe on this occasion he didn’t need to be on the pitch but it reminds me of the Podolski and Walcott situations before, which for all the theorising from the fans for valid reasons for them to be subbed or benched, it turned out to be Wenger just wasn’t 100% on them and I’m slightly worried that he’s maybe not seeing 100% what he wants or expected from Laca (which could be Laca’s fault and not just mismanagement).
When Giroud and Alexis used to be our number 1 strikers they weren’t yanked off at 70 mins and that goes for basically every starting forward of the Wenger years.