Search

Arsenal boss Wenger ahead of North London derby: It is better to be efficient than tough

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 16 November 2017

Arsene Wenger says it is better to be efficient than tough. Nick Potts/PA Images

Arsene Wenger says it is better to be efficient than tough. Nick Potts/PA Images

PA Wire/PA Images

Read the transcript of Arsene Wenger’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-awaited North London derby against Spurs as he insists it’s not about being tough it’s about being efficient.

Arsene Wenger speaks before Huddersfield Town. pic Adam Davy/PA Arsene Wenger speaks before Huddersfield Town. pic Adam Davy/PA

On fans and Arsenal legends questioning his teams’s toughness...

Well, that’s the kind of remarks you’ve had for 20 years. I remember many people asked me if Pires would be tough enough to play in the derby. This is a guy who scored more goals than anybody in the derby. At the end of the day, it’s down to the quality of the game.

Are this team as tough as his great sides…

Yes, it depends. We have to agree on what is tough and what is not tough. I believe that a football player has to be efficient and that counts the most. Efficiency if you’re a defender is not to make any mistakes and to win the ball. If you’re a striker, it’s to put the ball into the back of the net. Is that tough? It doesn’t matter too much - it’s how efficient you are in your game.

On Lacazette and whether he will start his first big game for the club…

I have a big choice to make every time, big decisions to make up front. But he’s played many games, Alexandre Lacazette. He didn’t play away from home at City, I think that’s the only game he didn’t start [along with Liverpool]. I trust him completely.

WIll Lacazette will start on Saturday…

The decision is not made yet but it’s a possibility because he’s available.

Is there a plan to deal with Harry Kane…

To keep him quiet, yes.

Is Kane the Spurs player Arsenal fear most…

We have no fear, we are just focused on nullifying their strong points and expressing our strong points.

On Jack Wilshere...

To keep fit and work hard and it is what he does at the moment. It’s going well for him. At the moment he is on plan and slowly I think he will get into the [plans] of Southgate again and his creative aspects of his game, if he keeps fit, will be a big asset for him.

Is Jack close to starting for Arsenal in the Premier League…

Yes, he is very close. Just a question for me is to decide to start him or not, but he is ready to play.

On Serge Aurier…

He’s a good player who has good power to go forward and is always dangerous. He played against us with PSG and overall I think he is a top-class right back.

On the BBC survey suggesting that young fans aren’t going to football…

I think nothing is better to share the experience of a stadium, inside a stadium and there are many ingredients now in the modern game that could incite people not to go so much. First of all the lifestyle is a bit different, they play less, they play more on computers, that is a bit more an individual experience than a collective experience, playing with your partners is collective, playing on the computer is more of an individual experience. After that you have the fact that the security in gathering people is a problem as well in the heads of many. After, can you afford as well to go to the stadiums? When you are young you that’s not always easy so there are many ingredients we need to take care of in the game.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 23:46

Arsene Wenger came out fighting ahead of Wednesday’s huge Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates against Chelsea.

Yesterday, 20:59

Arsenal U23s beat Bayern Munich U23s 5-2 in the Premier League International Cup at Meadow Walk on Tuesday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s player ratings on the talented junior gunners.

Yesterday, 16:13

Layth Yousif was at London Colney on Tuesday morning to hear what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had to say about playing London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates on Wednesday – with a chance of silverware at stake for the winner.

Read what Arsene Wenger had to say on new signing Henrik Mkhitaryan, the outgoing Alexis Sanchez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea team news and much more.

Mon, 23:03

Arsenal welcomed five young Arsenal supporters to their training ground for an unforgettable day out.

Mon, 21:26

Read what new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan had to say after he joined the club on Monday.

Mon, 19:24

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he isn’t worried about playing Mesut Ozil and new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the same Arsenal starting XI.

Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez. Read on for 10 facts you may not know about Arsenal’s new signing...

PROMOTED CONTENT

“With teenagers there’s a lot of banter, and you can really establish a relationship. You have to trust teenagers to make their own decisions.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now