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Wenger - It's a tough team to pick

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says competition for places is stronger than ever ahead of Arsenal’s final six games of the season.

The Gunners struggled with injuries before the New Year but the manager now has a full squad to choose from, with only Mathieu Debuchy a doubt for Monday’s clash at Hull City.

Jack Wilshere is one of the players returning from a spell on the sidelines and Wenger admits the England midfielder will face a challenge to break back into the team.

"It is very hard to pick the team at the moment as they are all top quality"

Arsene Wenger

“The players are always ready when they come back from injury but it takes much longer than they think to get sharp again,” the manager said. “In the Premier League it is a fraction of a second that makes you efficient or not.

“[Wilshere] needs competition. At the moment, every week he is stronger, he is getting back to the level now. This week was the first week he is sharp again.

“His strength is in the final third, offensively. That is where he really expresses his talent. It is difficult to get in this team, I don’t deny that. If you consider any individual case you can say you are sorry that he doesn’t play.

“[Competition for places] is much more difficult. David Ospina, Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin have all come in, and it is very hard to pick the team at the moment as they are all top quality.”

 

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