Wenger’s Pre-Match Presser Ahead of Leicester

Wenger's pre-match presser
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during a training session at London Colney on May 8, 2018 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Wenger’s pre-match presser ahead of the Leicester City clash just took place. The reverse fixture was one of the matches of the season, finishing 4-3 to Arsenal.

The boss discussed injuries, the opposition and his future. Here is a brief transcript of what he discussed to whet your appetite for the match.

Wenger’s Pre-Match Presser

Injuries

The big news from the boss regards injuries. At this late stage of the season, some players are still dealing with niggling injuries which may compromise their availability as Arsenal try to break their streak of no league points away from home in the 2018 calendar year.

Mesut Özil is one such Gunner. Our man Arsène gives an update,

“He was in yesterday for treatment and he still has a back problem. Even at half-time in Madrid, he had that problem. I think it’s highly unlikely that he will play again before the end of the season because he doesn’t train.”

So, we may not see magical Mesut line up for Wenger as an Arsenal man ever again. Speaking of sad thoughts, the boss also gives an update on Santi Cazorla,

“He will not be ready to play in the final game. We basically have four players who are out if you count Cazorla, Koscielny, Ozil and Elneny. Everybody else will be checked because we had a day off on Monday.”

Oh, yeah, and Laurent Koscielny is confirmed as out for six months with a ruptured Achilles. The Frenchman will miss out on his last World Cup, and miss the first half of next season for the Arsenal.

Claude Puel

Wenger’s pre-match presser also featured questions about the Leicester boss and his future. With the Foxes less than two years removed from winning the league, they now worry about possible relegation. Speculation persists that the board may move to depose Puel and bring in fresh blood.

“I don’t know what’s happening inside the club, I just know that Puel is a competent manager. I had him as a player and he’s a bit similar to what I do, that means he is a fighter and is ready to swim against the stream. That tenacity will get him through the difficult period. I think he’s done a good job there and hopefully, he can keep it.”

Just as a majority of others managers do for him, Wenger stands behind his peers. Class move from a class guy.

Arsène’s Future

Of course, the media also quizzed the boss about his future during Wenger’s pre-match presser. He declined to comment on who he thinks the right candidate is, even when asked about Enrique and Allegri by name.

The reporters did manage to get one small bit of information from him. Wenger has received offers and is surprised by the number of them, no less!

Seems as though the media’s lambasting of Wenger has not cooled interest from potential suitors after all.

Leicester will host Arsenal on Wednesday afternoon. Kickoff at the King Power Stadium is 2:45 pm EST and American fans can follow via NBC Sports Gold.

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