'Every big club is conscious of Lukaku'

We must beat Everton on Sunday if we are to stand any chance of securing a top-four place - but Romelu Lukaku poses a big problem.

The Belgium international has had a fantastic season and his 24 Premier League goals and six assists are testament to that.

So how do we stop him? Arsene Wenger gave his assessment to the media one Friday:

on Everton and how to beat them…
By keeping the quality of our game very high, by putting the tempo [on] at home, our offensive pressure on them, by maintaining our run. I think we’ve just come out of four games in 10 days. We won all the four and some of them were very difficult, so just to keep going until the last minute of the season.

on Lukaku and his record in big games…
If you look at his record, it’s quite impressive. I believe that every big club who plays against him is conscious that at any moment he can score a goal against you through his power, his determination. I haven’t analysed it enough, the big games of Everton, to see if it’s true or not.

on if Arsenal were ever interested in Lukaku…
If you look at his record and his age, it’s quite impressive. I think nobody has scored more goals in the Premier League at his age than him. You have to respect that. We were not really after him because he was at Chelsea and belonging to Chelsea.

on if he can see Rooney going back to Everton…
Why not? Why not, it’s possible, yes.

on if Rooney and Everton would be a good fit…
Look, he started there and I believe first of all he’s under contract at Manchester United. I don’t know if he wants to come back to Everton. At the moment, maybe he has a decision to make. Will he finish his career at Manchester United or will he go back at some stage to Everton, I don’t know.


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