Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, has backed Thomas Tuchel’s action to substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.
Injured Tammy Abraham was replaced by Hudson-Odoi who started the game from the bench.
Tuchel, however, removed the England forward and brought on Hakim Ziyech in his place.
During his 22-year reign at Arsenal, Wenger replaced a substitute only one time in 2008, when Emmanuel Eboue was hauled off at home against Wigan.
And the Frenchman has admitted Hudson-Odoi badly struggled and was “not in the game” at all in the second half at Southampton.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger said, “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.”