By Matt Farr
Arsene Wenger has named Alex Iwobi ahead of Danny Welbeck in his Arsenal starting XI to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday – and fans are furious.
The Gunners boss made two changes to his side for their Champions League knockout-round clash, with Granit Xhaka and David Ospina coming into the side in place of Theo Walcott and Petr Cech.
Arsenal announced their confirmed line-up on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 15, 2017
However, fans were less than impressed to see Wenger name Welbeck among the substitutes, and they took to social media to unleash their fury.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Then how iwobi gets in the team over welbeck I'll never know, there's no where near enough defensive discipline in midfield.
— Ben Tilley (@Ben_Tilley97) February 15, 2017
IWOBI OVER WELBECK I'M FUMING
— Jack (@afcjackk) February 15, 2017
Definately would've started Welbeck if it was my decision but will be behind Iwobi 100%. #COYG !!!!!
— Big Al (@BigAlTheGooner) February 15, 2017
Do you not understand that Welbeck has everything while Iwobi only offers cutting it and running like Sterling
— Jimmy???????? (@jummalM98) February 15, 2017
No Welbeck again tonight. Farcical from Wenger.
— Liam Lydon (@CaptainLydon) February 15, 2017
Should iwobe be starting every game? Another poor selection by wenger ,welbeck should be playing #FCBARS
— Afcmani (@Mani_Gunner) February 15, 2017
What does Welbeck have to do to get a start?
— Ollie Zenzer (@olliezenzer) February 15, 2017
— David (@AFCDavid147) February 15, 2017
Welbeck missed much of the first-half of the season with injury, but returned to the first-team fray against Preston in a brief substitute appearance on January 7.
However, the 26-year-old has started just one game since making his long-awaited comeback, leading the line for Arsenal in their impressive 5-o victory over Southampton in the FA Cup on January 28.
Welbeck marked the appearance with two goals and an assist, but has still yet to be recalled by Wenger to the starting XI.
The Southampton game was only the first time Welbeck has played more than 20 minutes in a game this season, having made six appearances.
Arsenal can make a real statement if they can come away from the Allianz Arena with a victory, and it will give them great confidence heading into the second-leg at the Emirates in March.