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Arsenal 2-1 Reading: Five unanswered questions from FA Cup semi-final, including Szczesny & Walcott

2) Why was Debuchy risked?

Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal

Clearly not close to being fully fit, why was Mathieu Debuchy given the nod over the in-form youngster Hector Bellerin? The Frenchman is certainly a good player on his day, but given the amount of playing time he’s missed this season, the former Newcastle man’s inclusion from the start in such an important game was a huge risk. Bellerin may need a rest after playing more games than expected, but why in a cup semi-final that could decide your season? After so many years of trusting his youngsters, is Wenger now being too cautious about answering fans’ calls for more experienced heads, even when they’re not necessarily the better option? Does a similar fate await the excellent Francis Coquelin when Mikel Arteta returns from injury?

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