Wenger has spent most of the summer fending off questions about the future of his prized asset. There is also the added fact of financial fair play to consider as the Ligue 1 club are now more likely to sell players to fund the Neymar deal than spending big again.
Arsenal is set to receive an £80 million (about $104 million) bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.
"Lacazette is stronger every week", said Wenger of the France worldwide, who hit the post midway through the first half. The squad that looked deep on paper when the season began, succumbed to a glut of injuries in November, which saw the team pick up a solitary point against Huddersfield Town at home.
Leicester have also retained many familiar names (at least for now) from their title winning season two years ago, including Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, Wes Morgan, and Jamie Vardy. "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes".More news: North Korea Examines Plan to Contain US Bases on Guam
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But if the likes of Sanchez stay, then their chances will only improve and the positivity will only grow, even in spite of Wenger's poor management choices last season.
He said that the loss was not the ending they were hoping for yesterday in the end but they feel fit and ready for a big season ahead.
This game will see the English top-flight season begin on a Friday for the first time in its 129 year history.
Despite the fans' being completely divided after a hopeful start to the season that promised some sort of change, Wenger managed to pull his team together for one final sprint to the Champions League spot.
"I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club", he said.
The skills of Liverpool's dynamic attack, which includes Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho (although he may be on his way out) and Sadio Mane, should be on full display in this game, and Watford should be able to punch back a little bit to keep the match interesting.