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Arsene Wenger was quizzed about a range of subjects in Tuesday’s press conference, including the impact made by new signing Alexandre Lacazette.

The France international has made a good start to life in England, and the Arsenal manager had this to say – as well as discussing the Premier League title race:

on Alexandre Lacazette being subbed off nine times…
First of all I would like to say that in my job you sub strikers more than defenders, because they have to create, they have to provoke, they have to be incisive in every run. Secondly, I think he adapts physically to the Premier League and I’m very happy with the work he does for the team every time he is on the pitch, and thirdly I do that as well because I have other options on the bench who are fresh and can give us another variation in our attacks.

on how big a jump the Premier League is physically…
Physically, the Premier League is very demanding. It demands a huge intensity of work and if you look at the other teams, they take off a lot of strikers as well after 70-80 minutes, between 60 and 80 minutes most of the teams change their strikers because first of all many times they have to work on their own up front against two or three people. Up front you provoke and at the back you respond, so it’s completely different and much more exhausting physically and mentally.

on whether he believes that Arsenal are in the title race…
Look, at the moment we are far apart, but the only way we can keep that alive is…



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