Arsene Wenger talked to the media ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham this Saturday. Wenger appeared in good mood understandably so, after his side came away with a 2-1 win over their arch nemesis Manchester United and booked a spot in the FA Cup Semi Final and will play either Reading or Bradford in the semis.
Arsene Wenger talked about the key injuries to his side, prospects of finishing in top 4 this season, Arsenal’s game away against Monaco and he shared his views on former Gunner Alex Song in his pre-game presser.
Arsene Wenger on Arsenal team news
Manager had bad news for the fans when he broke the news about two England senior squad members Jack Wilshere and Alex Ox Chamberlin will miss for long durations. Chamberlin is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks while Wilshere will be out for even longer.
Wenger on Chamberlin:
“It is a classic hamstring. That means he will be out for three weeks, four weeks maximum.
“It is very frustrating for him because he played more games than ever this season. He has shown again on Monday night what an important player he can be for Arsenal and for England.
“He is keen to play for England and I think it is a big blow for him.
Wenger on Wilshere:
“He had a little inflammation of his ankle, so we decided to do it (now).
“We had to rest him anyway, so we decided to get these screws off instead of doing it at the end of the season.
“I don’t know how long it will be before he returns because we have to respect the progression of his training.
“It has taken a bit longer and I don’t really know why at the moment, but I am hopeful it is a matter of weeks now.”
Arsene Wenger on difficulty of finishing in top 4 in Premier League
Arsenal manager declared that the competitiveness of the league is increasing year after year and it is getting harder for teams to finish in top 4. Wenger admitted that, this year could be even difficult for his side.
“It’s important to have a good mixture between focus and composure. That’s not easy to find because the tension can be too big.
“Every year it gets more difficult because you have more teams who can compete for [the top four]. In future years it will be even harder. We know that every single game is decisive now. We are already looking forward to the next game.”
Arsene Wenger on Monaco and it’s impact on his team selection
Arsene Wenger assured fans that their Champions League knock out round match against Moncao will have no impact on his team selections against Wednesday. He might rest 1-2 stars but not the entire bunch.
“I agree that the Monaco game is a very important game in the Champions League. Tomorrow is of the same importance. That’s why I just have to focus on tomorrow.
“What can affect my team selection is the players who have played a number of game this season. I always rotate game by game but never more than two or three.
Arsene Wenger on Alex Song
Wenger concluded by praising one of his former stars Alex Song. Wenger had the chance to sign the Cameroonian but passed that chance. Since then Song has played 20 League games and looks in good form. Wenger had this to say about his former star:
“He looks extremely focused and motivated,” the manager said. “I brought him here when he was not 17 years old, so I know how good he is.
“West Ham had a very strong start to the season and he was one of the influential players in there, with the strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, and the repositioning of Stewart Downing.
Quotes Credits: Arsenal.com