Press conference

'The best way to get people on side is to perform'

Alexis returned to Premier League action at Emirates Stadium for the first time since last season.

The Chile forward - who received his 2016/17 Player of the Season award before kick-off - had been linked with a move away from north London during the summer, but came on as a 75th-minute substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Alexis was jeered by a small minority when entering the fray, before his song echoed around the Emirates, and Arsène Wenger was asked about our No 7’s mixed reception in his post-match press conference.

on Alexis receiving a ‘mixed reception’…
We have to accept those responses from people. I don’t know why [there were jeers]. The best way to get people on your side is to perform. 

on Alexis seeming unhappy at full-time…
I don’t know. I had a chat with him after the game and he didn’t look unhappy. Maybe it’s because he wanted to score. The interpretation of the attitudes is always very dangerous.

on whether the players give him the indication that they will battle for him…
Yes. I love my players, that’s true, but I want them to play for the club and for themselves as well. They have individual targets to win things. That’s what we want.

on whether Shkodran Mustafi wanted to leave on deadline day…
He wanted to stay. Look at his performance today. 

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