Wenger refuses to give up on Premier League title race

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains that he was being straight-forward and honest about his team's fitness and injury information, specifically relating to striker Alexandre Lacazette, heading into last weekend's home loss to Manchester United.

When these comments were put to Wenger at his briefing to preview Arsenal's match with BATE in the Europa League, he was relaxed in standing by his initial version of events.

That led to Mourinho questioning "the truth" over Lacazette, while the Portuguese coach also brought up David Silva's fitness - with Pep Guardiola naming him as a doubt for Sunday's Manchester derby.

"Matic is injured but will play for sure, I'm telling the truth but he will play for sure", Mourinho declared towards the end of a lengthy injury update.

"I am very angry because the team produced a quality performance with desire, they were strong mentally and overall in a game of that stature to have 33 shots on goal and nothing to show for it..." Leave him at home?

A recurring theme has been played out at Arsenal for more than a decade and it involves every best laid plan being undone by calamitous defending and eventually returning to the same question, one that Arsène Wenger has obstinately been unable to address.

Lacazette, who cost £52m from Lyon in the summer, is not likely to start tomorrow as Wenger plays fringe men in cup games. He had a test on Friday morning and we were not sure he would play.

Defender Shkodran Mustafi would not have been involved even if he had not been forced off early on in the defeat to United.

I think even at 2-1 we can not afford to concede another goal.

Wenger remains hopeful the Germany worldwide could yet return to the side at Southampton on Sunday after suffering a thigh injury at the weekend.

"I don't worry about that", he said. Yes, let's give it a go. We go to direct knockout now.