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The former Arsenal star has been linked with the manager’s position at New York City.
“He has the qualities to be a manager,” says Wenger. “He is old enough to start. It depends what he wants to do.”

09:36 Neil McLeman

On injuries to Bale and Ramsey
Wenger talks again about injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale on Wales duty – and reveals he had asked England to rest Theo Walcott (in Lithuania?)
“Because they played on an artificial pitch. He is coming back from a long-term injury. Basically, nobody wants to play on an artificial pitch.”

09:33 Key event
On Ramsey’s injury

Wenger admits that he “regrets” playing Ramsey against Watford because the Welshman was “overloaded” following the international break.

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09:31 Neil McLeman
On Ross Barkley

Wenger has special praise for Everton’s Ross Barkley, an England international aged 20.
“For me he is one of the most promising young players. He is a special talent.
“He has massive potential. He has absolute power and is certainly one of the most promising.”

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09:31 Neil McLeman
On playing 4-4-2

Interesting question about the death of teams playing two striker in the Premier League.
Wenger said: “You are bit harsh with me when you say he plays on his own. Sanchez plays up front. It is true it is not the traditional 4-4-2. But Sanchez plays close to the traditional 4-4-2.”

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09:28 Neil McLeman
Wenger would “cry’ if there were no Xmas games
Louis Van Gaal reckons the Premier League fixture list is “evil”. Not Arsene Wenger.
He said: “I have a lot of respect for LVG but I don’t agree with him on that. Today I would cry if you change that because it is part of English tradition and football.
“On December 26, the whole of Europe comes to watch those games.”

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09:27 Key event
On rotating his strikers

“You have to accept no club in the world can play one striker for the whole season.”

09:26 Neil McLeman
On Giroud, Walcott

The Arsenal boss said strikers Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud – who came off the bench to break the deadlock in the Champions League – offered different options. The Englishman has more pace while the Frenchman is better in the air.
But Wenger said: “They can work together. It is a case of balancing the team. There is also Alexis Sanchez. Both are extremely strong in their game.”

On Giroud, Walcott

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been slugging it out to claim the right to be Arsenal’s no.1 striker, and Wenger has been impressed with both.
“The most important thing is they contribute goals.”

09:25 Key event
On Everton

“You want to do well in the big games at home.
“We want to produce the same performance [as the Bayern, Man United ones] again.”

09:24 Neil McLeman
Arsenal were last top of the table during the 2013/14 season but, with most points in 2015 so far, Wenger would like to see them make a statement by overtaking Manchester City tomorrow.
He said: “Yes, especially by being consistent. You gain credibility by being consistent.”

09:22 Key event
On Ozil

“A player of his calibre you want him to add goals to his assists.
“He is world class.”

09:22 Key event
On squad morale

“We always have a feel good factor inside out club.
“Always togetherness but now always the results we want.”

09:21 Key event
Team news

“Aaron Ramsey will be back in three to four weeks. Gabriel is back in full training.”

09:20 Neil McLeman
Only 20 minutes late this morning. Not too bad for Arsene. Looks in a happy mood after the Bayern win.


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