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'I'm very pleased with our performance'

Arsene Wenger

Arsène Wenger discussed the transfer market and his team's performance after Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-2 in their final pre-season friendly.

Here's what the boss said:

on the game…I felt it was a game of intensity where both teams put a big effort in. We played quite well. We were 1-0 down, came back and always looked dangerous going forward. I’m very pleased with our performance and the spirit we have shown.

 

 

Alexis in action against Manchester City

 

 

on whether he will look for defenders in the transfer market…I’ve said many times that we are in the market. Of course it’s not an easy market for us. Let’s hope we have good news from Gabriel. Laurent Koscielny is back in training [on Monday] but he might be short for next week. If Gabriel is out, Per Mertesacker is out and Koscielny not ready - that’s a lot of players.

on the injury taking the gloss off victory…We could see that we have played together for a while now, so there’s a good fluidity and understanding in our game and reading of each other. I felt our transition from defence to attack was good, defending was good for the most part and physically we look ready.

on the referee playing extended time…We always ask to not play injury time in friendly games. He did it. I have no special issue with it.

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