Extra: Wenger on transfers and Walcott

Arsène Wenger faced the media ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City. Here are some extra quotes from the boss. For the headlines, visit our Digest page:

on Theo Walcott starting...
Honestly I haven't made that decision but it took him a while to get back to real sharpness. Since this week he looked to me that he has found back his normal level. He is coming back from surgery and it took him a while to get back to his full power.

on the transfer window...
We will assess that situation in January, at the moment we are like every club, focused on the short term and for us what is vital is Saturday's game.

on January being a difficult market...
If you look well at the clubs who struggled not to go down, even those who bought a lot you realise it does not help a lot.

on Ray Parlour's comments on drinking...
You can trust him on that! The physical constraints have massively changed. The players 20 years ago were as much winners as today. They had more freedom than today because the physical demands are much higher, and because the spying facilities of society has increased. Therefore it is much more difficult today to be anonymous. On that front the pressure on the players is much bigger than it was during Ray Parlour's time.

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