Press conference

Wenger on Alexis, Ozil, Conte, Mourinho

Arsene Wenger fielded questions on all sorts of subjects at his press conference on Tuesday, from Alexis’ future to a disagreement between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.

Here’s a transcript of what was asked - and the manager’s replies:

on Conte v Mourinho…
That’s not the most interesting [thing] in football.

on if any clubs have contacted us about Alexis…

on if he expects Alexis to stay…
I expect nothing. I am focused on tomorrow’s game. When solicitations happen, you respond to it. At the moment, it’s very quiet.


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on if we would consider letting Alexis go…
I have nothing to add to what I said before on that.

on if the uncertainty on Alexis is having an effect on the team…
What is the most important is to be professional, to perform no matter what the environment is. That’s why I believe that it does not have a big influence on your performance nor the performance of the team. It’s part of our job to deal with that.

on if Alexis will play against Chelsea…
I have not decided yet. That will be decided today [Tuesday] or tomorrow morning.

on Alexis being in contention…

on Alexis and Ozil being able to talk to overseas clubs...
No, it is not a big concern because I believe most of the players today want to play in the Premier League and the Premier League can pay contracts and wages that no other club - apart from three or four clubs abroad - can pay. Overall that is not my main concern.

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