'Even when Alexis looks dead he's alive'

It has been some season so far for Alexis, and he continued his fine form with a brace as we secured a hard-fought victory against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger faced the media after the game and discussed the Chile international’s all-action display, Granit Xhaka and Theo Walcott.

This is what he had to say:

on Alexis…
Even when he looks dead, he’s still alive and always finds the resources to do something special. He has that conditioning which allows him to always find an extra gear to be dangerous.

on contract talks with Alexis…
It is important. How important it is, I don’t know - we will not sort it tonight. We have some time in front of us.

on Alexis putting a zero on with every performance…
Well, you like us to spend money, so you should be happy!


was he fortunate with the tackle on Arter…
I don’t think it was a desire to hurt Arter. He hurt him, yes, because he was late but I don’t think it was with excessive force or violence, it was just too late to take the ball. He didn’t want to injure him.

on Granit Xhaka…
He became better as the game went on and in the second half I think he did very well. We are in November, he arrived in July. It’s normal adaptation and he gets better used to the pace of the game, to the positioning on the pitch and I think his passing through the lines has played a big part today.

on Xhaka’s pass to Alexis for the penalty appeal…
The strikers like to play with guys who play well through the lines and I think the strikers appreciate him.

on Theo Walcott’s goal celebration…
Two babies, two boys! He has to run for two now you know! He has to work double.


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