Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth Arsène Wenger faced the media at a blustery London Colney training ground on Friday.

The manager reflected briefly on his side’s early-season form before turning his attention to the weekend’s clash with Paul Hart’s side.

Wenger discussed:

  • Starting the ‘marathon’
  • Eduardo’s fitness
  • His potential transfer dealings
  • Thomas Vermaelen’s role this season
  • Dealing with player departures
  • Nicklas Bendtner’s contract situation
  • The supposed ‘pact’ with Barcelona about Cesc Fabregas
  • Alex Song’s contribution

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