Wenger fires back at Mourinho over playing Lacazette against Manchester United

Wenger fires back at Mourinho over playing Lacazette against Manchester United

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rejected Jose Mourinho's claims that he lied about Alexandre Lacazette's injury in the build-up to last weekend's loss to Manchester United. No stories of Lacazette or David Silva.

When Wenger was quizzed on his comments, he fired back at Mourinho and asked whether he expected him to "leave him [Lacazette] at home".

"I though he wouldn't play, yes, but in the end he could play".

"I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it's possible you have to fight, you cannot give any other message out".

"Yes I thought he wouldn't play, yes", Wenger added.

'I'm always [honest] I thought he wouldn't play. After, he had a test on Friday morning and went to the game.

The boss feels that his anger and that of the Arsenal players at getting nothing for such an impressive and dominant display could be used to spur us on to success in the coming weeks and months.

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

It's all been fairly quiet in regards to managers having a go at each other in the Premier League lately - especially when you consider all the massive ego's now plying their trade in England's top-flight; Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio, Mauricio Pochettino and of course the old stalwart Arsene Wenger. "We'll play quite an experienced team tomorrow".

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

"For your balance it's not bad but for a footballer I don't think it's great".

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

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