Arsene Wenger: 'Europa League winners do not belong in Champions League'

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I don't like to lose him because he's a top quality striker but we have many strikers.

With Mesut Ozil behind Lacazette, Arsenal fans could be forgiven for becoming extremely excited about their team's chances in the league this season.

The humble manager's Press conference has been one of the central breeding grounds of misdirection in sport and, on Sunday, that of Arsene Wenger featured a line that did not so much stretch credulity, but tear it completely in two. The Reds have enjoyed a long-running and intense rivalry with Arsenal down the years, with both clubs being ever-present for the Premier League's 25 seasons so far.

Conte led Chelsea with an impeccable defence and few teams could compete with the consistency of the London side.

85 points would have seen Arsenal finish third last season, a point behind Tottenham and eight behind champions Chelsea - but would have been enough to win the title the year before and second place in each of the three seasons prior to that. "He's staying, of course".

Aaron Ramsey is unlikely to play in Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester City due to a calf injury, while Mesut Ozil is also in doubt for the Emirates Stadium clash.

Wenger, however, rejects the notion that he faces a major issue due to the number of first-teamers entering the final year of their contracts, claiming the club is, in fact, in a flawless position.

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And the IAAF World Championship in the United Kingdom , beginning on Friday, will be the Jamaican's last global event. His fastest 100m time so far this year is 9.95 seconds.


Their current deals expire next year, which Wenger called an ideal situation.

"With the amount of transfers, you buy just normal players for £50m". I think he will be here for this season.

"Why? Because transfers are becoming so high even for normal players that you will see more players going to the end of their contracts because no one is going to want to pay what is demanded".

For me, it is the effect of the ownerships that have completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years.

As for Chelsea, Victor Moses - sent off in May's FA Cup final - is available for Sunday but will miss the Blues' first League game against Burnley.

Ramsey was also absent from the game at Wembley today due to a minor calf injury and Wenger says the Welsh global is also unlikely to be passed fit for our Premier League opener.

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