Arsène Wenger faced the media on Friday morning ahead of the Premier League trip to Norwich City.
Here's a round-up of some of the manager's quotes. For the main headlines, visit our Digest page:
on Olivier Giroud’s form...
There are two things when you are a striker. First, I’m always worried when a striker doesn’t have chances. In his case, he always had chances in every single game and couldn’t convert them into goals. The conversion rate goes in cycles. Once a player starts to score, suddenly he takes off for a while and suddenly it stops again [and] nobody has really found out why. I hope he’s at the start of a good cycle.
on his options in attack...
We lost a massive player with Robin van Persie and we had to find a way to get around that. We knew that we would not find a player who would score 40 goals but we are a bit more versatile now because Walcott scores, Gervinho scores, Podolski scores, Cazorla scores and of course Giroud starts to score so we should be alright on the offensive front.
on 10 years since Rooney's strike for Everton against Arsenal...
I was not completely happy with the leap of David Seaman on that. Nor with the closing down of Sol Campbell! My memory on the day was ‘oh, we have seen a great player today’. I said that after the game. If you look at my statements, I thought that England had found a great player. You could see straight away, this guy had something special. That was not only football-wise but mentally. There was a desire, a hunger in him, linked with talent.
In fact, Wayne Rooney is the combination of the [best] English player. That means he is talented of course. But as well, he is committed and enjoys challenges. He had that at a very young age. And a robust body that can cope with it. Ten years later, he has proven that he is the great player everybody expected. I believe that there’s still a lot more to come from him. He looks now to evolve more as a midfielder, recently. I personally like him as a striker.
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