Wenger hits back at Mourinho over Lacazette dig

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Instead, Lacazette was named in an Arsenal side that slipped to a first defeat at the Emirates Stadium since March and scored the consolation goal as Jose Mourinho's United left north London with all three points. The Gunners return to Premier League action away to Southampton on Sunday. "It's the truth, eh?" "No stories of Lacazette, David Silva - all the truth".

Arsenal had an astonishing 33 attempts in the game, with 15 of them kept out by a terrific David De Gea in between the sticks for United.

"I am not Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger", the Frenchman told reporters. What did you want me to do?

The Arsenal boss insisted he is always honest and maintained that he thought the France worldwide striker would not be fit to start.

'He had tests on Friday morning and we thought he wouldn't play.

"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".

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

When asked about Mourinho's comments, Wenger said: "I thought he wouldn't play but in the end he could play".

"Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players".

"The team news is that everybody is available, we just have a small problem with Mustafi from Saturday".

The Germany global sustained the "minor thigh problem" in the lead-up to Manchester United's second goal in just the 11th of the game last weekend.

On Tuesday, Wilshere posted a picture on Twitter of him ice skating with his family, but Wenger has warned the 25-year-old England midfielder to be careful.

"It's not ideal", he added.

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