He said: "We love Alexis".
Wenger is, however, eager to point out that his side are not reliant on their 30-goal top goalscorer from last season to enjoy a productive campaign. Veteran boss Wenger did opt to include wantaway striker Alexis Sanchez in the starting lineup but his selections couldn't do anything to stop Jurgen Klop's deadly charges as they mercilessly tore apart the helpless Arsenal in a resounding 4-0 humbling.
He added, while recalling a 4-0 mauling at Anfield prior to the recent global break: "He was in the team at Liverpool as well".
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The other reason I think Holding deserves a break is that he was one of the few Gunners to get stuck in and show fight in that hard first half, so let's give the guy a chance shall we? If you're a Chelsea fan you're thinking that's harsh on Pedro and Willian on current form'. "It was three days before the end of the transfer window, that some had their heads half in and half out, it was special circumstances a bit, you have to consider that", he told reporters.
"You learn from defeats and during the season every team will have a bad patch and bad games".
We just need to play in the same way we've played before against Chelsea, in the FA Cup or in the Community Shield.
Most notably he's won just half of his headed duels (8/16) which isn't good enough for a centre back, and herein lies the crux of the matter: "Monreal is 5'10", when centre backs are typically over 6 foot. So this team has character.