Wenger on Zlatan, Freddie and Man City

Scroll down for quotes from Arsene Wenger's press conference ahead of Sunday's match against Manchester City.

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on how pre-season has gone so far…
First of all we had a little bit of a stuttering comeback after the European Championship because I gave those players a bit of a holiday. After that, Manchester City has played one or two games less because one game was cancelled. I don’t think it has a big influence because it’s more about the length of the preparation rather than the number of games you play. These games, like the one we played last night, are about 80 per cent of the physicality of Premier League games, so you can get that out of a training session as well.

on Pep Guardiola helping Manchester City against the big teams…
If they took Guardiola, it is certainly because they are conscious of that problem. I think last year was a surprise to me because the fact Pellegrini, everybody knew he would move out, it made it a difficult season. I have high respect for Pellegrini, he did a great job there. Of course the last season was a bit more difficult because everyone knew he was going.

on Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing in the Premier League…
Honestly I don’t know [how he will get on]. Going for him is his class, his talent, his desire to do well. What goes against him is that he is not the youngest player anymore, so you are questioned about that in every game. From what I saw of him last year at Paris Saint-Germain, it was his most complete season as an individual player and as a team player. He became a really great team player last season. On the mental aspect he will bring something to Man United as well. He is a winner, he has charisma and he will give them a strength as well as his individual quality.


Freddie Ljungberg

Freddie Ljungberg


on Freddie Ljungberg coaching at Arsenal…
He was with us on tour in the States and I think Freddie, I hope he will stay in the game, he works well with the under-15s and I put him there first to give him a chance and see if he likes it. He looks to enjoy it and I’m sure he will develop and one day maybe practice with senior players.

on whether he could coach in the Premier League…
Why not? I realised that we are quite popular in Sweden and I realised that one of the reasons was Freddie because he developed certainly very well our fanbase very well in this country.



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