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Arsenal boss Wenger on Alex Iwobi, Chelsea team and injury news, Alexis Sanchez and much more

PUBLISHED: 10:01 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 09 January 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held his weekly press conference at London Colney. Picture Martin Rickett/PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held his weekly press conference at London Colney. Picture Martin Rickett/PA

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Arsene Wenger has been speaking on Alex Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez future and injury news ahead of the crucial Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Read on for a transcript of what he said at London Colney on Tuesday morning.

Wenger on Sunday’s humiliating defeat at Nottingham Forest

We want to respond. It’s a different game, a semi-final. An important game against a big team.

Injuries and team news

We don’t recover anyone. On Sunday we paid the price of having many injured players. [No new player availability] For tomorrow no, for Sunday [against Bournemouth], I don’t think so.

Granit Xhaka has a test today, we will see how he comes through. Mustafi as well. I will know more after training

Wenger on being criticised

I focus on football. What is important is what happens on the pitch. You have to live with judgement. We have produced some great performances recently.

The long-running saga of Alexis Sanchez’s future

[Have Manchester City been in touch?] No

Do you expect him to stay?

I expect nothing. I’m focused on tomorrow’s game. When things happen you respond, but at the moment it’s very quiet. I have not decided [if Sanchez will play at Chelsea] yet. I will decide tomorrow

Any news on the contract situations of Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil?

No news, we are working on it. When we have news we will get back to you.

On capturing Jonny Evans

[I have] nothing to say. As long as we have no agreement, I believe the best is not to talk.

Will Francis Coquelin leave?

It’s a possibility but nothing is decided.

Will he go to West Ham?

No. We have no contact with West Ham.

On Alex Iwobi

If that is true he will be fined. It’s impossible to go out 48 hours before the game. It’s unacceptable. I will have to see him.

It was not the night before the game. It was 48 hours. But it’s not acceptable, I will speak to him about it. When you read what is reported it’s like he has taken drugs, he is not involved in that at all. He was out a birthday party. I will decide what happens.

If your neighbour takes drugs what can you do? You are responsible for your own actions, not your neighbours.

On winning the League Cup

I would love to win it. We are now in the semi-final. There is still a long way to go.

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