"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".
"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.
"We need to transform the quality of the preparation into points and that is, of course, a pragmatic view, but what matters is we win the game and start in a strong way, which we didn't do a year ago". Last season two were not in Europe.
"The group of players we will see this season is going to stay a long time here at Manchester City".
"Going forward and character wise we have been great".
Wenger reveals how he offered Giroud chance to quit Arsenal
"Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that's for sure".
"Do you really think that you sit in the dressing room before the game and you think "Oh, I have only one year to go - I will not play well today"?"
The Serie A side have now said they will not increase their offer and Shakespeare is happy to have Mahrez in the team. They all deserve to play. "He is a fantastic guy as well - committed, he loves the club".
Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he made a decision to stay.
Arsenal's defending was shaky throughout as Wenger's back three left goalkeeper Petr Cech exposed time and again.
'It's not like they are going to sell him for £50m and take £200 of everybody's season tickets because we've sold our best player.
"They had chances and then we had to chase". But of course at the moment I have 33 players [in the squad] and it's very hard to manage, on a daily basis, such a high number.