Wenger offers sumo solution to City and United after derby bust-up

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Wenger is not prepared to grant him the loan move the player mooted in a L'Equipe interview, but admits Alexis Sanchez, preferred to the Frenchman despite refusing to sign a new contract, has been below par in the last two games.

"It is an experience that's a little bit offensive". Because in sumo, you can never tell which guy has won. "I don't know because it is not part of our culture". It's unfortunate, but ideally you would commit 100 percent, 200 percent on the pitch and be an angel after. "When you have three games like we have this week in six days, there is an opportunity for them to start".

Reports claimed up to 30 players and officials of both sides were involved in a mass brawl after Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2-1 in their Premier League clash.

Mustafi has still not recovered from a muscle injury he suffered in the 3-1 loss to United the previous weekend but could be back in time to face Newcastle on Saturday. I speak to all my players individually and it's hard to speak openly about those conversations.

Wenger played down those comments, though, and said he wants to keep the striker.

France global Giroud, who came off the bench in the 72nd minute to replace compatriot Alexandre Lacazette, made it 1-1 in the 88th minute with a glancing header into the bottom right corner. If you look at his career since he came here, look how many French caps he's got since he has been at Arsenal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Olivier Giroud has not "wasted his time" in staying with the Gunners. "Nobody can guarantee you will play".

"He is still efficient, he gave an assist against Manchester United and an assist against Southampton", Wenger said. If you did not behave well, even if you won the tournament you can not become the yokozuna. He is a very important player for us and there is no way Wenger will allow him to leave.

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