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What he said: Arsene Wenger’s pre-north London derby press conference


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger addressed the media on Friday ahead of Sunday’s north London derby when the Gunners host Tottenham on the back of a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich. Here are the best bits…

On his players’ confidence after losing to Bayern:

It was a disappointing result on Wednesday night but before that we did extremely well in the Premier League. We will try to continue from one competition from the other.

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On moving on from the defeat in Germany:

It is not easy because it is always a big disappointment … it is difficult because Bayern is maybe the best team at the moment in Europe.

On not substituting his key players despite losing heavily to Bayern:

When you go back to 4-1, maybe you go back to 4-2 and you never know. You sit there and wonder ‘do I do it or not?’ You want as well the players not to feel that you give up. It is difficult.

On Tottenham’s impressive start to the season:

They have done well, I think they have lost only one game. They have had a few draws but overall they look stable.

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On Tottenham looking stronger than ever this year:

They are always in my memory, in the last 20 years, they always had very strong teams and let’s not forget that some periods we were eight or nine points behind them in April so they have very strong teams.

On not making a move to sign Harry Kane from Spurs:

He played here, I heard when he was a kid. Once a player is at Spurs you do not even consider him any more to be on your radar because you do not historically have many transfers from one club to the other.

On if there is too much pressure on Arsenal to win the league after a good start:

It’s not too much pressure, it’s just too early. I would like that kind of pressure but it’s too early. We’ve played 11 games, have 25 points.

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On Mathieu Debuchy’s poor form as he covers for injured Hector Bellerin:

Mathieu needed a little competition. Game after game he has basic fitness and now with another game he should be better.

On Chris Coleman’s comments on perceived criticism from Wenger for Aaron Ramsey’s injury:

I didn’t blame anybody. I just said that it would make common sense to not use Bale or Ramsey once they were qualified and bring them on 10 minutes to go. It would have helped the clubs and it is just an opinion.

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On his disapproval of individual honors in soccer:

I think the modern world is too much about individuals and we as managers are more worried about the collective. I’m not too much of a fan. I’m against the Ballon d’Or, I’m against all these things. I’ve seen careers destroyed because the players are too much obsessed to get individual rewards.

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