Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Who was your man of the match? Arsenal (H)

Who was your man of the match? Arsenal (H)

The Premier League giants clash in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final on Wednesday January 10.

Wilshere tried to play on after the initial pain but he was forced off less than 60 seconds later and Arsenal fans will understandably be anxious given his injury track record.

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Nevertheless, Wenger remained defiant over the prospect of his star attacker leaving and has no doubts over his commitment to the cause.

"You can not explain every single decision". He didn't get enough games with us this season.

When asked if there was truth in the reports that Coquelin is going to Valencia, Wenger replied: "Yes". For us it's simple to prepare for the game because you know the team and the way they are playing.

"Of course, he is completely focused". Have you seen how he came on today, how he warmed up?

"We must have a bit of patience, it can improve football in England". "That's what he does". The victor will be decided at the Emirates stadium for the return leg.

"The only thing I want to say is the performance of Alexis and the commitment does not depend on the duration of his contract, it just depends on the fact that when he's on the pitch he wants to play".

Wenger extended his contract at the Emirates at the end of last season but he's found himself under more pressure than ever before after watching his side crash out of the FA Cup to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. "I let him go".

"There is one thing to punish somebody individually and another thing to punish everybody", he said. And I think it's very, very positive.

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