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Wenger backs Tuchel on Hudson-Odoi

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger supports Thomas Tuchel hooking Callum Hudson-Odoi during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The Chelsea boss replaced Hudson-Odoi with Hakim Ziyech in the 76th minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, with the England under-21 star having only come on at half-time for Tammy Abraham.

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Wenger had sympathy for Hudson-Odoi – but backed Tuchel in the decision, admitting he had done the same in his managerial career and that the youngster was “not in the game.”

He told BeIN Sport: “I’ve done it once in my life really because I was scared to lose the game because the guy was completely lost.

“Basically he [Hudson-Odoi] played in a Christmas tree, in that position behind the central striker which became Werner in the second half and he [Hudson-Odoi] never found the right position in there.

“I see him more in a wide position and he was not in the game. Was he the guy especially to take off? He didn’t do a lot of positives and not a lot of negatives as well.”

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