Wenger fires back at Mourinho over playing Lacazette against Manchester United

Southampton's English midfielder Nathan Redmond vies with Bournemouth's English midfielder Charlie Daniels during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and

Arsene Wenger has rejected Jose Mourinho's jibe that the Arsenal manager had falsely claimed Alexandre Lacazette would not play against Manchester United.

A recurring theme has been played out at Arsenal for more than a decade and it involves every best laid plan being undone by calamitous defending and eventually returning to the same question, one that Arsène Wenger has obstinately been unable to address.

France striker Lacazette was ruled out of Saturday's game by Wenger on account of a groin injury, only to recover, start and get on the scoresheet. "We weren't sure he would play but he tried and he played, that's part of football".

'The truth is Eric Bailly no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance, Matic is injured but will play for sure, I'm telling the truth but he will play for sure, [Michael] Carrick no chance, ' the Portuguese said.

"That's what you want, the players have produced a quality performance".

The Gunners welcome Belarusian Premier League champions BATE on Thursday having already sealed top spot in Group H.

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"Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players".

"That's why it's important in these rounds that we give some young players experience".

Fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud has found himself excluded from Premier League action, as has England's Theo Walcott.

Defender Shkodran Mustafi would not have been involved even if he had not been forced off early on in the defeat to United.

The Manchester United and Arsenal bosses have a fractured relationship after their numerous fall-outs over the years. "It depends as well on what you do", he said. What did you want me to do?

Following Wenger's press conference, the club announced on Wednesday that youngsters Eddie Nketiah, Ben Sheaf and Matt Macey had penned new deals.

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