Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has hit back at his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho, that he falsely claimed Alexandre Lacazette would not play against the Red Devils last weekend. Yet Lacazette played the full 90 minutes and scored the Gunners' only goal. But these are discussions I have had with the players.
"It's the truth, eh?"
The latter missed that 1-0 loss in Germany due to illness and has not been involved in a matchday squad since the meeting with Manchester City on 5 November despite being back in full training as transfer speculation continues to circulate ahead of the January window.
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. "In the end he could play".
"What did you want me to do, to leave him at home?"
"Yes, I thought he wouldn't play", he said. After, he had a test on Friday morning and went to the game. "We'll play quite an experienced team tomorrow".
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Arsenal have already progressed to the last-32 of the Europa League with the top spot, but they still have something to play for after having dropped points in each of the last two European matches.
Defender Shkodran Mustafi would not have been involved even if he had not been forced off early on in the defeat to United.
On Tuesday, Wilshere posted a picture on Twitter of him ice skating with his family, but Wenger has warned the 25-year-old England midfielder to be careful.
"It's not ideal", he added. It depends as well on what you do. "For a footballer, I don't think it's great".
Following Wenger's press conference, the club announced on Wednesday that youngsters Eddie Nketiah, Ben Sheaf and Matt Macey had penned new deals.