Wenger on Villas-Boas and transfer plans

Andre Villas Boas
Andre Villas-Boas

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

on what it means to be top at Christmas...
We have self-belief but I can talk here - let's show it on Monday night. What it means is that when you want to play a big part in the race for the championship, you want to win the big games at home. That is what is at stake. We want to respond in a very strong manner to our last defeat.

on whether January will be busy for transfers...
At the moment, no. But that can change.

on Villas-Boas' departure...
Look, if you look purely at the mathematical problem, yes [it is a surprise]. Because he has the highest percentage rate of wins historically at the club. Is it an internal problem with his relationship with his chairman or with the board? I don’t know. Is it an emotional reaction to a big defeat at home? I hope not because that would not be a good sign. I don’t know but I was surprised, yes.

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