Wenger dismisses Lacazette mind-games suggestions

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Lacazette taking a penalty

Although we faced Jose Mourinho side last week, journalists still can’t help themselves in trying to spark conflict between Arsene Wenger and the Man United manager.

The inclusion of Alexandre Lacazette was a surprise to most last Saturday, and it seems to have annoyed the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

In providing a team news update for his own side, he referenced his various injuries, calling them ‘the truth … No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth.”

Quite why he has his knickers in a twist about it is anybody’s guess, but then he could take offence at a gust of wind that wasn’t favourable, so it’s not really a surprise.

At his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov, Mourinho’s quotes were read out to the Arsenal manager, the clear intention to spark a tit-for-tat to create headlines and clicks for no other reason than the sections of the media today are tasked with doing exactly that.

Wenger wasn’t playing the game though, giving a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why the French striker was included.

“I thought he wouldn’t play,” he said. “In the end, he could play. What did you want me to do, leave him at home?!”

“I’m always honest. I thought really that he wouldn’t play, that’s what I had been told.

“After, he had a test on Friday morning and went to the game. We weren’t sure he would play but he tried and he played, you know, that’s part of football.”

Some of the issue may well have come from the fact that due to time constraints his pre-United press conference took place immediately after the Huddersfield game, with some of the info embargoed until a later date.

Had there been the regular Friday presser, Wenger would have had more up to date info and the story might well have been out there, so it’s not some vast conspiracy against Mourinho.

He just thinks everyone’s out to get him. I know I am.

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Pedant
Pedant

I’d have preferred to upset Mourinho by beating United.

Boom Xhaka Laca
Boom Xhaka Laca

Unless Mourinho plans his team based on injury rumours on GiveMeSport, I don’t really understand the issue.

Hutch
Hutch

Mourinho is a monumental cunt.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Moronho.

gunnerdaremkd
gunnerdaremkd

well matic was going to miss the game 100% with the cunt murinho saying he asked to be subbed and i he asked the injury was seeious.

Hope silva plays and score a winner aginst the cunt .

ramgooner
ramgooner

Why would you want Silva to play and score against United. I want City to lose. Pep is a dangerous cunt. People just haven’t realized it yet. About time City lost. Let’s hope United and Spuds do us all a favor.

southpaw74
southpaw74

Why the thumbs down on this,, i want city beat as soon as possible,, don’t want them taking OUR unbeaten season away from us

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Hey Mourinho, you won over us last weekend. We’ll done, congratulations and be happy you massively oversized cunt!

adgonner
adgonner

Let’s start next season with a crushing win in the UEFA Super Cup!

Phil Busby
Phil Busby

what a douchebag Mourinho is!!!

Santori
Santori

Too bad Wenger didn’t say the last line?

Santori
Santori

we caught them by surprise in the attack and can ghost t ourselves by surprise in our defense..what else is new.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Let’s hope that Maureen gets to play a team run by a manager who does play mind games.
With a bit of luck his head will explode… Ideally on live TV.

allezkev
allezkev

Much ado about nothing, which pretty well sums up Mourinho.
I couldn’t give a shit what he thinks or what he says, it’s all about him anyway, it’s always about him.
As for the press, well is anyone surprised that they’re trying to make a big deal out of it?
I just hope Arsene picks a few youngsters for the BATE game, the rest of it is just noise.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

“He just thinks everyone’s out to get him. I know I am.”

Me too.

Another Sam
Another Sam

Mourinho’s getting madder and madder. I remember when he first arrived, he was this super cool, arrogant style icon in designer clothes. Now he’s got the brush cut and the mad staring eyes and full on paranoia. Time hasn’t been kind. I still think he’s a very good manager but he’s always been and always will be the wrong end of a bell.