Arsene Wenger rejects Jose Mourinho's jibe at Alexandre Lacazette recovery

Jose Mourinho trolled Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

GETTY Jose Mourinho trolled Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The Gunners boss had stated last week that his £48 million summer signing would definitely not be available to face United because of injury, however the striker did start and in fact played 90 minutes at the Emirates in his sides 3-1 loss. I can only play with 11 players and the players have to deal with that and so do I.

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

"The truth is Eric Bailly, no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure".

Arsene Wenger says he will play "quite an experienced team" for Thursday's Europa League visit of BATE Borisov.

When these comments were put to Wenger at his briefing to preview Arsenal's match with BATE in the Europa League, he was relaxed in standing by his initial version of events.

"If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game".

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You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense]. "We don't normally play with two strikers and two wingers but we did, so it is a lesson for us". "The pace was better, we had more presence in the box".

Shkodran Mustafi will miss the game with a thigh injury sustained in the United game, but Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are expected to feature in a much-changed side.

Even though progression into the last 32 has been assured, the Frenchman still intends to play those on the fringes of the first-team, rather than blood a team of youngsters in what is all-but a dead rubber for the hosts.

"I'm always honest and I thought really he wouldn't play".

A damaging defeat to a direct rival in Manchester United saw us slip back out of the top four with Liverpool winning to go back above us and the top three all picking up another three points.

Wenger remains hopeful the Germany worldwide could yet return to the side at Southampton on Sunday after suffering a thigh injury at the weekend.

"It's not ideal", he added.

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