Arsene Wenger Shrugs Off Jose Mourinho's Alexandre Lacazette Moan

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While Pochettino has ruled out any possibility of his Spurs side contending for the Premier League top spot, Wenger is not inclined to do likewise, despite the Gunner being 15 points off pace-setters Manchester City.

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.

Arsenal had 33 shots against United, but De Gea made an incredible 14 saves to deny Wenger's team.

"I though he wouldn't play, yes, but in the end he could play".

"That's what you want, the players have produced a quality performance". He had a test on Friday morning, then even when he went to the game we weren't sure if he would play.

"I was always against it", he said.

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Roper, hired by Muschamp in 2016, previously served as an offensive analyst for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. This season, SC has averaged 24.1 points per game, which is tied for 98th in the country with Maryland.

Lacazette, who cost £52m from Lyon in the summer, is not likely to start tomorrow as Wenger plays fringe men in cup games. No stories of Lacazette or David Silva.

"But he tried and he played".

Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection, Wenger said: "Not too much, because I have many players available who need competition. They have scored three, we have scored one".

"That's why it's important in these rounds that we give some young players experience".

"It's not ideal. For your balance it's not bad but for a footballer I don't think it's great".

"You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently, I don't think he did that".

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