Unai Emery insists he had no qualms about using Mesut Ozil against Chelsea despite leaving him on the bench.
The out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder was restored to the squad at the weekend, but was forced to watch the 2-0 win from the sidelines.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny earned the points for the Gunners as they boosted their top-four hopes.
Ozil, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, has fallen down the pecking order under Emery.
However, the Spaniard has revealed he was prepared to play the German against the Blues.
“He was on Saturday okay to play, but we decided not play [him],” said Emery after the game.
“I spoke with him also and I want to him be ready for the match today, for the next matches like all the players in the team.
“Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality.”
Ozil took to social media to congratulate his team-mates after the win.
He wrote on Instagram: “Congratulations to the whole team tonight. Well played, Gunners”