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Wenger on substitutes, penalty, Mustafi

The Gunners came from behind to beat Stoke on Saturday, and the boss praised the impact of his subs after the game.

Arsène Wenger met the media after the game and discussed the strength in depth, Mustafi's injury and the penalty award.

Here's what he had to say:

on the bench contributing…I have top quality on the bench - there’s not one player you can question. I must say it’s general in the Premier League. When you look at the teams we play against, even the mid-table teams, when you look at their bench, there’s top quality on the bench. They had Crouch coming on today, who nearly punished us. It could have been the 2-2 on a header.

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on Stoke’s penalty…It wasn’t a penalty, because it wasn’t a foul. If every push is a free-kick, watch the game again. I don’t think that there was an attempt to make a penalty at all. There was no foul.

on Mustafi’s injury…It’s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today (if he had). I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it’s nothing’, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem for. I don’t know why it happened, but it looks a ‘good’ hamstring strain.

on the timeframe for Mustafi's return…Look, the minimum when you go out like that is 21 days. After that, today is December 10, so you are 21 days, that means he’ll have a nice Christmas!

 

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