Arsène Wenger was in bullish mood when he faced the media ahead of the Champions League clash with Fenerbahce. The Arsenal manager addressed criticism of his players over the past week and looked forward to Wednesday night's game. He discussed:

  • the injuries sustained at the Britannia Stadium
  • making signings in the January transfer window
  • the importance of qualifying early
  • leadership within his squad
  • his 'brave' team
  • dealing with the rough treatment in the Premier League
  • the importance of Carlos Vela
  • the role of Cesc Fabregas

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