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RECAP: Arsenal boss Wenger on the Community Shield, Sanchez and more

Date Posted,August 2, 2017

That’s all, folks

Here’s a recap of what Arsene Wenger had to say…

On the Community Shield: “For us it is a good opportunity to repeat the performance from the [FA Cup] final and give competition to players who need it.”

On team news: “We did not have Ozil in full training but he should be alright. Ramsey as well. Coquelin is injured. Some players have just come back, like Sanchez and Mustafi, and I have yet to decide if they will be involved.”

On Sanchez: “He is focused. My decision is clear, he will stay. He will accept that.”

On other contract negotiations: “Nothing to announce. We make always progress but there is nothing concrete to tell you about that.”

On the Neymar deal: “The whole landscape of football has changed completely. Once a country controls a club, everything is possible. It becomes impossible to respect financial fair play.”

On whether Arsenal can compete financially: “We still live with rationality. Of course we cannot compete at that level.”

On Lucas Perez: “I don’t like to lose him but we have main strikers and too much competition is no competition anymore.”

On Chelsea: “They have replaced Costa with Morata, maybe less of a goalscorer than Costa but can create more. I expect them to fight for the title.”

On the title race: “It’s very open. It’s difficult to predict what can happen.”

On Kroenke’s hunting channel: “We are professional football people. That means to focus on your job, not get diverted by noises that are not your problem.”

(Image: David Price)
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