Wenger Compares Manchester Derby Brawl To Sumo Wrestling, Praises 'Regular Player' Giroud

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'It's unfortunate, ideally you'd commit 100 per cent, 200 per cent, on the pitch and be an angel after but that's not always the case.

Speaking in relation to the hullabaloo over the celebrations that bubbled up with reports of high emotions in the tunnel at the Manchester derby at the weekend, the Arsenal manager was reminded of his time watching sumo wrestling when he was manager of Japanese side Grampus Eight for a totally different experience of those twin imposters of success and failure. Because in sumo, you can never tell which guy has won.

"Is it something you can copy (in the Premier League)?".

He told Arsenal.com: "I think it shows the depth in our squad".

"It is hard to take when you lose a big game to see the 100 per cent celebration of the other side".

"It's part of the incidents that sometimes can happen in big derbies", he said.

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He said: "You [the press] build these things up like it's life of death and then when it happens you can be surprised".

"That's part of the intensity of the importance of the game". It happened to us, it happened to them.

Arteta was Wenger's club captain at Arsenal before taking up a role on Pep Guardiola's backroom staff last year and the 68-year-old Frenchman's views on the incident were keenly sought at a news conference ahead of Thursday's (AEDT) trip to West Ham United.

Another fact is that Giroud has started every Europa League game, so he has hardly not been getting time on the pitch, which Deschamps will be aware of as well.

The Chile forward has just five Gunners goals to his name compared to 13 this time past year and in the last two games, the 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United and Sunday's 1-1 draw at Southampton surrendered possession a total of 66 times; 34 against United and 32 at St Mary's.

Given the lack of an Arsenal mention, Wenger's interest may well have dropped more recently, given the player's lack of progression.