Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Arsene Wenger Shrugs Off Jose Mourinho's Alexandre Lacazette Moan

Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and NK Maribor at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Wenger refuses to give up on Premier League title race
Lucia Summers | 07 December, 2017, 09:40

Arsenal have already progressed to the last-32 of the Europa League with the top spot, but they still have something to play for after having dropped points in each of the last two European matches. Mourinho accused Wenger of gamesmanship and intentionally misleading his opponent.

Wenger had ruled the France forward out of Saturday's visit of Mourinho's Manchester United only to name him in the starting line-up.

'The truth is Eric Bailly no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance, Matic is injured but will play for sure, I'm telling the truth but he will play for sure, [Michael] Carrick no chance, ' the Portuguese said.

"You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently".

"The players have been absolutely outstanding", Wenger said.

'I'm always [honest] I thought he wouldn't play.

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"He had tests on Friday morning and we thought he wouldn't play. We'll play quite an experienced team".

Mourinho pointed out how his arch-rival declared Lacazette, his leading scorer, completely out for the contest.

However, the French striker started and scored the Gunners' only goal during the game. Then came the dig at Wenger over Lacazette.

"I don't want to forget my congratulations to both medical departments", Mourinho saif after the game. "Wonderful. I congratulate them all".

That effort was ultimately in vain as the Gunners went down 3-1 in a thriller but the former Lyon star's presence lingered with Mourinho as he accused Manchester City boss of being similarly underhand by claiming playmaker David Silva is a doubt for Sunday's Manchester derby.

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