Extra: Boss on Ozil, rotation, Vieira

Arsene Wenger in his pre-Watford press conference
Arsene Wenger in his pre-Watford press conference

Read extra quotes from Arsène Wenger's press conference ahead of the Everton game. For more headlines, visit our Digest page.

on rotation…
I’m not sure at the moment to rotate because we had a medical meeting this morning with our recovery tests to see how everybody recovered and so it is difficult to speculate on players who might be tired and are not tired, sometimes you might see that during the game. I don’t think we have a fatigue problem.


on Ozil…
I believe that I have said many times that a player of his calibre you want him to add goals to his assists. He looks like he is on the way to doing that as he almost scored in the first half with a right footed shot and scored in the last minute by getting into the box. He is a world-class player and if he adds goals to his game he will be even more respected.



Mesut Ozil scored against Bayern Munich

Mesut Ozil scored against Bayern Munich


on if he’s relishing chance to go top of the league…
It’s too early. It’s very early. We lost our first game at home against West Ham. After, we went to Crystal Palace and you think it could be a repetition of last year, where after 10 games we were basically out of the race. At a big club, that is always very difficult to handle. At least we are up there with a good number of points and we have made the ground up. Let’s show that we can be in the fight.

on if he spoke to Chris Coleman about Ramsey…
No. I cannot call every national coach after every game to ask them not to play the players. We had a conversation about Theo, because England were playing on an artificial pitch. In the end the decision was left to Roy Hodgson, but I didn’t speak to Coleman.


Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring for Wales against Andorra

Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring for Wales against Andorra


on if Patrick Vieira can become a manager in the future…
I spoke a few times with him, I think he has the qualities to be an outstanding manager and when I speak to him he looks like he enjoys it very much, so I wish him well. Patrick is now 39 I think, that's a good age. He is old enough to start. It depends what he wants to do with his career as a manager. Does he want to work with the youth level, or does he want to come up to hell with us, he has to decide that.

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