Wenger - Ozil talks are moving along

Arsene Wenger covered a variety of subjects when he faced the media ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. Read on for more quotes from the press conference:

on learning more last season than any other…
I try always to learn and if I have one quality, it is that I try to learn from everything. Every year I learn things, more or less. I think what we learned last season is that a team like Leicester can win the title and only lose three games. Nobody could have predicted that before the start of the season and that is why it will be very tight again this season.

on Ozil contract talks…
There is nothing really concrete enough to talk about, but it is moving along.

on the benefits of only having to integrate three new signings…
We have a big squad, you know. We have a big squad and I believe a competitive squad is where the competition is fair inside the squad. If you have too many, there is no competition because some players will never play. If there’s not enough, there’s not enough competition so it’s detrimental as well. We have opted for a short number and quality, that disrupts less the way we play football and the technical stability.

on facing David Moyes…
David Moyes is an experienced manager who has 15 seasons in the Premier League. I think he will adapt to the strength of his team and organise it so that it defends very well and can catch us on the break and [take advantage of] situations where they have set-pieces.

on whether Moyes has recovered from his Manchester United experience…
I think so, once you are out of an experience you go into the next one and focus only on giving your best for your new club. Why should he not have recovered? You dwell on it when you sit at home and have no job, but once you have a job you focus on doing the best where you are.


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