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Wenger discusses transfers, Ozil and Alexis

Alexis

We lost our first game of the 2017/18 season against Stoke City on Saturday evening.

After the match, Arsene Wenger was asked about the final stage of the summer transfer window, Mesut Ozil’s performance and Alexis’ availability for next week’s game. 

on the transfer window…
I expect to sell players first. That’s all. I expect some players to go because we have too many players and it’s not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation which is why the transfer market is quiet. We have 33 players at the moment, and that’s too many players.

on whether he will bring any in if players do leave…
I am not in transfer mode after a game like that. We are more disappointed at the moment rather than thinking about buying players straight away tonight.

on Mesut Ozil’s performance…
I think he did fight. It’s difficult to single anybody out. We had many, many chances and personally I don’t think he deserves [criticism].

on Alexis…
If all goes well through the week, he should be available to be selected for the next game, yes.