Wenger on the character of new signings + Lacazette’s situation


Ahead of Arsenal’s match with Sp*rs at Wembley on Saturday, Arsene Wenger faced questions about the professionalism of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and how Alexandre Lacazette coped with being benched against Everton.

On whether Aubameyang ‘withheld performances’ at Dortmund…

I don’t believe so. If you look well at the history he played only one game, they suspended him for two or three games, one after the break, one before the break so he played only one game at home where they played a 2-2 against Werder Bremen. Maybe he was not ready physically to play at his best. I don’t believe that he didn’t want to perform.

On playing Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan in the derby…

We are in the middle of the season, these guys are top quality players so why should they not repeat those performances?

On Mkhitaryan’s character…

He has a very professional attitude. Overall, that’s what you want from every player. I’m not surprised by that, it’s completely normal.

On Lacazette understanding why he was benched against Everton last weekend…

You do not have to understand too much. What you want is that everybody focuses to win the game whether they start the game or not. In this game, he didn’t come on because we had a problem with the goalkeeper. Overall, you do not want the players too much to understand why they don’t play. They don’t understand and I agree completely with them. They all want to play and that’s natural and normal.

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