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‘This is best attacking unit in my time’

Alexis replaces Danny Welbeck

Arsène Wenger has been blessed with some incredible forward options during his 21 years in charge of the club.

From Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp to Thierry Henry and Kanu, our manager has never been short of big names to call upon when he needs them.

But, despite the star-studded squads he has worked with over his past two decades in English football, Wenger says he has never managed a better attacking unit than our current strikeforce.

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“I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise together [they are the best],” he said. “We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never. Dennis and Thierry had the quality but that didn’t mean we had a large number of options to choose from.

“[Managing them] is to make the decision for the next game that you think is the right one. Sometimes you consider the problem you face, sometimes you consider the fitness of the players, the fact they have played three days before. You just try to be honest in your decision and keep everybody on board.

“It is important to stay in all the competitions because, if you have one game every week and you have several strikers, good luck keeping them happy! It is impossible because they all get annoyed but they have a different way of showing it.

“They are all committed to the club, though. At the start of the season I bought Lucas, who for me is a very good player. But why? Because Welbeck was out until now basically and I didn’t know how long it would take.

“He was ahead of schedule so after sometimes you have a congestion there as some players come back quicker than expected. But when you make the decision to buy, you don’t know.”

 

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