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'Alexis always finds more resources'

When Peter Crouch pulled a goal back for Stoke City midway through the second half, we were still 2-1 up - but right up against it as the home fans found their voice.

But when we needed another goal, we found one as Alexis netted his 21st Premier League of the campaign - and his 50th in the Premier League in just 101 games.

Arsene Wenger discussed the Chile international after the game, and also his view of Crouch’s controversial goal.

on whether he was planning on taking Alexis off before his goal…I didn’t plan to take him off, he asked to come off. First, I thought he had done a stomach muscle, so I thought that it would maybe go away again. I left him on for a little bit to see how he responded. After that, he stayed on and scored another goal. That’s Alexis, he’s a fighter who always finds resources. He delivered the third goal which made the difference.

on Alexis and Ozil adapting to the new formation well…They enjoy it. At the moment we are efficient in doing that, so overall it works.

on Alexis’ injury…It’s a kick on the thigh.

on whether he counts Peter Crouch’s goal…What do you think?

on whether he had a good view of it…No, but I was suspicious about the noise of the ball. I went to the fourth official because it had been confirmed. I was surprised that he got to the ball when I saw his position. People told me it was handball.

 

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