Merson: Wenger needs to be more like Harry Redknapp

Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes.

Both players are into the final 12 months of their existing deals at the Emirates and have thus far rejected all offers to pen fresh terms as they seek more lucrative wage packages elsewhere.

"We [Portsmouth] were 33/1 rank outsiders to win the league that year", Merson told host James Corden.

Referring to the Europa League, Wenger said: "If the competition was less ferocious, Wilshere is ready to play". At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.

Arsene Wenger has backed Alexis Sanchez in the wake of Chile failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Ozil has not started an Arsenal game since September 9, with the Gunners have won five of six games since and their 0-0 draw at Chelsea was said by some commentators to show that they are more defensively solid without him. "Yesterday afternoon I watched the whole Brazil v Chile game to see how hard the game was".

"Our chairman Steve Williams has been really working hard to raise funds for a new 4G pitch, stand and academy for the kids, so I am hopeful with the help of people like Paul, we can raise the profile a lot".

Defender Shkodran Mustafi will be out for up to six weeks because of a thigh injury sustained during the global break. With Laurent Koscielny facing a fitness test on Friday, Arsenal could be short defensively at Vicarage Road. I genuinely think he wants to stay. "It's always hard to predict the situation because the player I least expected to lose during the break was Mustafi".

"I wouldn't be scared to play him".

"We won our first game of the season at home and I thought we'd be alright and then went to Crystal Palace".

"It is part of his game", Wenger said. "In the Premier League he can play, he is almost back to his best now". "The boy believes as well".

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