Arsene Wenger held a press conference to defend the price of the tickets of the next Arsenal match with Watford this weekend.

A BBC news survey revealed this week that Arsenal once again have the most expensive matchday ticket in the Premier League at £97, but Wenger said: “It’s my job to (offer value for money). Overall I feel that we have made a conscious effort in our board meetings to block the increase of our tickets and in seven of the past 10 years we have not increased our prices.

“Overall there is a desire on our board to stabilise and make the tickets more affordable for people.”

“Is football more expensive? Yes, but Saturday or Sunday if you want to go to rugby you will see the tickets are expensive there as well. It is maybe part of professionalism and a modern society.”

Wenger revealed Laurent Koscielny (hamstring) will have a fitness test while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are available to face Watford. 

However, Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez after he played 90 minutes in Chile’s matches against Peru and Brazil during the International break.

According to the Arsenal official: Arsène Wenger believes that Alexis is playing even better this season than in his debut campaign at the club.

The Chilean has scored nine goals in his last five games for club and country, including a brace against Manchester United in the 3-0 victory at Emirates Stadium two weeks ago.

Wenger is delighted with Alexis recent impact and believes there is more to come from him.

“He has a bit of a difficult start because he came back late [from the Copa America] and you could see that but now he is back to his level and even better than before,” he said.

“His overall game and finishing, contributing and assists is excellent. He works hard for the team and he finishes. His enthusiasm is contagious.

“He always gives you hope that he is going to do something and he always gets defenders on the back foot, provokes and that is top class.”

Alexis Sanchez landed back in London at 2 pm today and Wenger said: “I cannot do a lot about it. He came off as you have seen against Manchester United with a hip problem, a problem with the rotator muscle and he wanted to go.” 

“He played in the last two games and we have to see how he comes back but it is always a tricky situation as Chile is trying to qualify for the World Cup and he is an important player for them, but they will use him if they can.”

“He is a guy that always wants to play so I knew that was always going to be a tricky situation.

“Let’s see what happens and how he comes back. 

“He comes back at 2 pm today and I don’t think there is a lot you can do because he played. 

“We have to see if we have to protect him in our next game or not.”

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