Arsene Wenger revealed the following team news ahead of the Manchester City game:
on the latest...We are quite far from the game but at the moment, everybody who played against Aston Villa is available for Monday night and there are one or two possible comebacks. Maybe there is a slight chance for Alexis to be in the squad again but it is too early to be sure about it.
on Alexis…He is running but not participating in full training.
"We have shown again recently with Olympiacos and with Villa that we have fantastic mentality in the team and that these players are something special on the human front"
on Alexis wanting to play…I believe that is normal that he wants to play. You want him to be keen to play. He respects all the decisions I make and that is what I want from him.
on trusting Alexis to be honest about his fitness…It is not trust in a negative way. Some of them are so keen to forget that they have pain somewhere that they say they are alright when they are not. You know the players and their psychological profile, you take that into account, then you get scientific advice and you trust your gut as well and then you make a decision.
on it being a compliment…It’s a compliment. You want everybody to absolutely want to play. We have shown again recently with Olympiacos and with Villa that we have fantastic mentality in the team and that these players are something special on the human front. I hope that in the longer term, in the championship, that will come out. I’m sure [it will].
on him making the decision rather than Alexis…Yes, because he says he’s always ready.
Copyright 2022 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.