Arsenal legend Bob Wilson on the Alexis Sanchez situation
“There are insiders who are saying the players would rather have him away.
“That is only insider talk – not being said directly to me – but quite clearly, great player though he is, he can be a problem.”
Granit Xhaka on Arsenal’s start to the season
“The start against Chelsea was good, against Leicester it was a crazy game.
“Against Stoke we were unhappy we lost, although we were clearly the better team. And yes, the Liverpool game we have to analyse critically… it was a bitter defeat.
“It is not the start we wanted. But there are still 35 laps ahead of us. Against Liverpool, we didn’t show up on the pitch.
“We did a lot wrong and could not keep up with Liverpool. There are days like that, I’d prefer they didn’t happen. But I we do lose, I’d rather lose 4-0 once than suffer four 1-0 defeats.”
Ousmane Dembele on how Arsenal helped shape his love of Barcelona
“I remember two games especially. One against Chelsea, when [Andres] Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final. When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him.
“And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had done well in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from [Lionel] Messi.”
Emannuel Petit on Arsenal’s current team
“When I see them play – and I see them a lot – they seem to play without motivation. The blame is put on Arsene, but I cannot see that it is all down to him. Why should it be?
“Why should a player need motivating to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, in one of the best stadiums in the world?
“Some of them do not seem to know what it means to wear that Arsenal shirt.
“Maybe they should take a step back and ask themselves what they can give to the club. Not what the club can give to them.
“Someone should sit them down and tell them not to act like babies and kids. They should be proud of wearing that Arsenal shirt.”
Arsene Wenger on Thomas Lemar
“Yes, we bid 100m euros for Lemar. Yes, we’ll come back in for him.”