Raheem Sterling could still be utilised in pursuit of Alexis Sanchez


Ian Wright, who remains Arsenal's second highest goalscorer of all time, believes Wenger's failure to give Lacazette consistent, 90 minute appearances may cause the Frenchman to become unhappy at his lack of game time.

"He's been out and injured and I thought he was a little bit short physically on Sunday [against Chelsea]. I have six or seven strikers, but if I go in one game with three strikers, the three who have not played will play in midweek in no matter what competition it is and that is nothing calculated". Being fit enough to take to take to the pitch without having the ability to play with the same intensity, as usual, is maddening and enraging; you feel so close to your best but never quite there, all because of something beyond your control.

Wenger insisted his intention is to get last season's 30-goal top scorer back up to speed as quickly as possible.

"This season, 107 players in the Premier League have gone into the final year of their deals".

Asked if Sanchez was firmly in his plans, Wenger added: 'All the players are, he's not more than another.

Record Signing Lacazette not yet ready for 90 minutes, Says Wenger

Jack Wilshere made his first start for the Gunners since May 2016 in the win at the Emirates Stadium and impressed in the home side's midfield.

The Englishman had a long road with Arsenal but that road came to an end in the summer when he joined West Brom.

The 36-year-old will play in his 633rd top-flight game on Monday if he turns out for the Baggies at Arsenal. "He certainly would want to [stay]", Wenger said. I don't know, we haven't spoken about that. Is he happy at the club?

"He's adapted to the team play, he connects well with the other players, he's disciplined and works hard for the team", he said. He is now level with Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances.This will be the 10th time that Tony Pulis has managed a team at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.

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