Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta defended his team selection after their Carabao Cup defeat at home to Brighton.
A second string XI were beaten 3-1 by the Seagulls.
Arteta later said, “There was a big difference between efficiency in both areas and we paid a big price for it.
“It’s a shame for the boys because I think they really tried and we should have scored two or three in the second half.
“I would select the same players if I had the opportunity again.”