Arsene Wenger rejects Jose Mourinho's jibe at Alexandre Lacazette recovery

Arsene Wenger rejects Jose Mourinho's jibe at Alexandre Lacazette recovery

Arsene Wenger insists he was not deploying mind games by naming Alexandre Lacazette in his Arsenal side to face Manchester United despite having ruled out the striker due to a groin injury.

We can not take any of these games lightly after tonight's game against BATE, and I am sure that there will need to be changes by the time we facr Newcastle at home in one of our easier games, but until then I expect Wenger to play with his strongest side available as we fight to get back into the Top Four. Yet Lacazette played the full 90 minutes and scored the Gunners' only goal.

Arsenal host Bate Borisov in their final Europa League group game on Thursday, having already successfully sealed a place in the knockout stages by winning the group. "In the end he could play".

"Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players".

But Wenger will surely be more concerned about having fresh players for their visit to Southampton on Sunday than beating BATE in a clash that can not change Arsenal's status in Group H.


"I know what I'm capable of doing, I just want to stay fit and healthy and let my football take care of itself", he told the Evening Standard.

The Gunners are already assured of progressing in top spot and Wenger will continue his policy of mass rotation for the competition with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud expected to come in. I can only play with 11 players and the players have to deal with that and so do I. So, while you can see the logic in the Frenchman sticking with his experienced players for Thursday night, adding a few of the young up and coming talents would have added a measure of excitement and given fans the chance to see something different.

The Arsenal boss also reacted to pictures of Wilshere, a player with a history of injuries in the previous three years, ice skating with his family earlier in the week.

"I don't much worry about that - just think, do we have a chance?"

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