Wenger Compares Manchester Derby Brawl To Sumo Wrestling, Praises 'Regular Player' Giroud


It's always experienced a little bit like an offence.

"That's why I admired sumo in Japan".

He told Arsenal.com: "I think it shows the depth in our squad". It happened to us, it happened to them and it's unfortunate.

Indeed, Wenger takes his squad to West Ham on Wednesday having not lost at the home of the Hammers since 2006, when he fell out with then-West Ham manager Alan Pardew over an over-zealous celebration of a later Marlon Harewood victor.

Mustafi has still not recovered from a muscle injury he suffered in the 3-1 loss to United the previous weekend but could be back in time to face Newcastle on Saturday.

Given the lack of an Arsenal mention, Wenger's interest may well have dropped more recently, given the player's lack of progression. "You want the passion to be on the football pitch".

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"Personally I want him to stay at the club until the end of the season, and then we'll see", Wenger said.

"Every two months, for 15 days every day you have a fight, and the guy who wins the most fights is the victor of the tournament", he said. He has not wasted his time.

"Giroud is a great player and very important but before making a decision he needs to meet with Arsene and the chief executive Mr Gazidis". When you are at a big club you have many big strikers and nobody can guarantee that you will play.

Another fact is that Giroud has started every Europa League game, so he has hardly not been getting time on the pitch, which Deschamps will be aware of as well.

Wenger also deflected questions about renewed negotiations with Mesut Ozil over a contract extension, after reports claimed Arsenal are set to make the midfielder a final offer, with his current deal expiring next summer. If you did not behave well, even if you won the tournament you can not become the yokozuna.

"He is still efficient, he gave an assist against Manchester United and an assist against Southampton", Wenger said. "The best way to deal with these kinds of things is to keep it as discreet as possible".