Arsène Wenger was in impish mood when he faced the media at the training ground on Friday afternoon.
 
The Arsenal manager made a staunch defence of his team and his decision not to shake Mark Hughes' hand on Wednesday before looking ahead to the Stoke game and the World Cup draw.
 
He discussed:

  • Theo Wacott's injury
  • the state of the title race
  • Andrey Arshavin's comments
  • shaking hands with other managers
  • his transfer plans in January
  • John Hartson's recovery
  • re-adapting after injuries
  • the proposed National Football Academy
  • Southend's long-serving manager
  • the World Cup draw in Cape Town

TV Online subscribers can watch the press conference in full now.

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