Wenger prefers top-four finish over Europa League glory

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The French striker was subject of interest from several teams including Everton after deciding to leave in search of regular playing time following the club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

"It was a private decision".

A trip to Chelsea on Sunday is hardly an ideal start for their first follow-up fixture, but Wenger said: "When you play Wednesday-Saturday it's similar to Thursday-Sunday".

"I thought the story was not over at Arsenal".

"I am humble enough to be happy enough to want to win every competition".

The Europa League is indeed worth taking seriously for the Gunners.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised Giroud for the loyalty he's shown towards the club since joining from Montpellier in 2012 and recognised his contribution to the north London side as "tremendous". "He's had a great evolution here and overall the contribution to the club has been tremendous".

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The Arsenal boss remained unconvinced and admitted during the transfer window that he had not decided whether to seek a similar loan move for Wilshere, whose contract expires next summer.But Wilshere stayed and, having returned to full training following a fractured leg suffered towards the end of his time with Bournemouth, the England worldwide is now expected to come back into the Arsenal side.

"He has shown a loyal spirit and has high respect from everybody at the club and the fans".

'The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there.

Chelsea are heading into the game on the back of a huge win in their Champions League campaign, and after making up for a disappointing opening game in the Premier League as well. Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what.

'We really look forward to the challenge, it is independent to the Bundesliga.

"If he can combine the two, keep calm and focus on the job, he is on a good way". He's doing well in training, getting stronger and stronger each day.

Like his counterpart in the Arsenal dugout, Peter Stoger does not have many fitness issues at hand among his contingency of players.