Wenger hits back at Mourinho over Lacazette dig

Wenger hits back at Mourinho over Lacazette dig

Wenger hits back at Mourinho over Lacazette dig

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. I can only play with 11 players and the players have to deal with that and so do I.

"It's the truth, eh?"

Then as Mourinho got up from his seat to leave the room, he added: 'No stories of Lacazette, David Silva... all the truth'.

'In the end he could play.

'I'm always [honest] I thought he wouldn't play. He had a test on Friday morning and we were not sure he would play.

The boss feels that his anger and that of the Arsenal players at getting nothing for such an impressive and dominant display could be used to spur us on to success in the coming weeks and months.

Shkodran Mustafi will miss the game with a thigh injury sustained in the United game, but Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are expected to feature in a much-changed side.

The Gunners have already topped Group H and have done so without turning to several of their first-team players.

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We're hoping this is just the start, and as the season goes on, and the pressure builds there will be loads of fireworks between these highly talented coaches.

"We'll play quite an experienced team on Thursday".

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

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.

"In the second half, I saw a great Arsenal team on the pitch - they showed fantastic character and personality".

The club announced new long-term contracts for youngsters Ben Sheaf, Eddie Nketiah and Matt Macey, but the trio may be made to wait until Arsenal's League Cup quarter-final tie on December 19 for minutes.

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