Arsenal youngsters 'comparable to the best I've had' - Wenger

Ruben Hill
September 22, 2017

Welbeck was in fine form when Arsenal comfortably beat Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, a game that brought about only the team's second league win of the season.

The 28-year-old was the subject of a summer-long transfer saga as Manchester City tried to lure him to the Etihad, but the move finally collapsed on deadline day.

But Wenger insists his involvement has only been restricted by the abdominal injury he picked up after returning from holiday following Chile's Confederations Cup campaign.

Asked if Sanchez was firmly in his plans, Wenger replied: "All the players are, he's not more than another".

"I think what happened to him, he has been bothered a few times when he wasn't in front of other players".

"There is no disguised attitude on my side", he said. I just try to get him back to full fitness. "It's good, so I'm just trying to push on now". "He's a player who's determined, strong in the challenge and I personally always rated him highly and he was a bit unlucky with England because he was in the period of [Steven] Gerrard, [Frank] Lampard". Sanchez could have played if he was 100% fit from the start. Jack Wilshere is involved too.

"I've said many times, it's down to whether he can remain fit", the Frenchman said. He'd certainly want to. "We haven't spoken about that because I thought at the start of the season we have to see how it evolves and what kind of influence he can have on the squad for the whole season".

Wenger added he is happy with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette's adaption to the team, despite him having scored only two goals this term.

"I have six or seven strikers but if I go in one game with three strikers, the three who have not played will play in mid-week no matter what game that is". I believe that on technical and tactical aspects I'm very pleased.

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