When asked about Mourinho's comments, Wenger said: "I thought he wouldn't play but in the end he could play.
"What did you want me to do, to leave him at home?
"I'm always honest. I thought he wouldn't play, that was I had been told and after he had a test on Friday morning he went to the game and we were not sure if he would play.
"But, he tried and he played. That's part of football."