Arsenal play Stoke City on Sunday, a fixture they don’t really look forward to as they have lost on their last 2 visits to the Britannia and Arsene Wenger has admitted that it will be a ”good challenge” to play against them. Wenger also spoke about Alexis Sanchez’s return, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott completing a decade with Arsenal, and new signing Mohamed Elneny.

Stoke City have already defeated Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea at home and Arsene Wenger is wary of the threat they possess. Although it took Arsenal time to announce the signing of Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal fans will not have to wait too long to see him in action as Arsene Wenger said that Elneny is available for selection on Sunday.

“He’s available for Sunday” .“He’s a defensive midfielder who can contribute in an area that we are short. “He is a promising player. I expect him to develop with us into a very strong player. He can defend and attack.”

On what made him sing Elneny:

“I bought Elneny because he can play with a defensive player or be the defensive player. “I need to know more about him to see whether he becomes a defensive or box-to-box player.”

More good news for the Gooners:

“Alexis is fit. He has two decisive days. Today and tomorrow.

“Do we take a gamble or not on his injury?”

Mocks the transfer ban for Real Madrid:

“They will appeal, they will cancel the ban and they will be allowed to buy in the next two transfer windows. That’s what will happen.”

Arsenal threw away the lead at Liverpool in the dying minutes but Wenger said that Arsenal showed that they are a “real team”


“Let’s be honest, we came out of a game and looked at it like two points dropped. “On the other hand we were under pressure in the final 20 minutes. “Overall it was a positive team performance. We looked like a real team who’s up for the fight. The team has shown we are a real team.”

On how they will approach the Stoke game

“We need the same intensity [as the Liverpool game] and the same desire and focus. The surprises in the league are happening again and agin and again. The consistency of your determination will play a big part in this league.”

Doesn’t agree that Olivier Giroud is underestimated

“Not in my opinion. If it still exists it will not last. People never deny evidence.”

Wenger doesn’t seem too keen on new signings – “I would prefer to have the players back from injuries. Welbeck is two to three weeks away and I am confident I will not find a better player than Welbeck on the market.”

Wenger is looking forward to winning some trophies this season:

“We are in a position where we can make our season a fantastic season and the injuries coming back will help.”

England star Theo Walcott has completed 10 years at the club and Wenger says that the “next four or five years will be decisive for him.”



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