Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Arsenal v Sporting Braga: Arsene Wenger's pre-match press conference

Arsene Wenger held his pre-match briefing for the media on Tuesday lunchtime ahead of tomorrow's clash with Sporting Braga.

Here are the highlights:

On Abou Diaby's fitness:
"He's out with an ankle problem following the tackle from Robinson and I don't know really for how long but certainly he will not play tomorrow and certainly not over the weekend."

On Thomas Vermaelen's fitness:
"He's out as well. [An] achilles problem coming back from Belgium. So we do not have him available."

There were no other players added to the long term injury list which includes: Theo Walcott, Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey.

Here is a general run through about who asked what of the manager:

ITV: Despite the injuries, is now the right time for the Champions League to start?
Can Arsenal exploit Braga's inexperience in the Champions League?
Would getting to the Wembley final be all the more sweeter?
What does Chamakh bring to the team?
Do you have to entertain as well as win in the Champions League?
How dedicated are Premier League managers?

Portuguese Television: What do you know about the Braga team?
Would you sign any of the Braga players?
Did you know Braga are Arsenal in Portugal?

Press Association: Is the mental side of the game the only thing preventing Arsenal winning the Champions League?
Do you need to motivate the players to win the game tomorrow?
Is the standard of refereeing in the Champions League better than in the Premier League?
Are players over protected in Europe?

Journalist one: Has the English league fallen behind in Europe compared to the other leagues?
Is the Premier League the strongest league in Europe?
What in Maroune Chamakh's character has allowed him to adapt quickly to the English game?
He has also adapted quickly off the pitch as well?

Journalist two:Do teams in Europe have a chance after the spending Real Madrid and Barcelona have made this summer?
Do you see more Brazilian players playing in Europe?

Journalist one: How many of the English teams can win the competition?

BBC: Which of the English clubs are best equipped to win the Champions League?
What can Harry Redknapp expect in his first campaign?
Can you priorities winning the Champions League through team selection?
No priorities at all for you?

You can watch the full press conference at Arsenal TV Online.

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