WENGER: WRIGHT PICKED UP KNEE INJURY
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The England shot-stopper was substituted by Wenger after a poor first half performance in the Champions League defeat by Deportivo La Coruna, but the Frenchman insists the custodian picked up an injury and the change was enforced.
"Yes, he felt his knee on the second goal, so we decided to change," confirmed Wenger. "I don't know if Stuart Taylor will now play at the weekend, let's first try to see how bad the injuries are and see in the morning."
The composed Frenchman was clearly annoyed by the soft second goal his team conceded, with Wright allowing a Diego Tristan strike to creep inside his near post.
"The second goal killed the game and it was not necessary to concede a goal like we did," added the ex-Monaco boss.
"We had a shaky start and when we came back into the game in the second half it was too late," added Wenger.
With number one goalkeeper David Seaman still sidelined and Wright's loss of confidence and now the knee doubt, England Under-21 netminder Taylor may be called upon for the televised clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, speaking on ITV Sport, outlined his club`s stance on the players` strike, saying: "Our position is the same as the other 19 Premier League clubs, we had a meeting last week and we felt the offer on the table was more than adequate - £50 million over three years. That should be sufficient for the PFA to carry out their business.
"We are disappointed that they have called a strike, it is their call not ours. We are still willing to negotiate.
"We hope the players see what is on the table and have a rethink about what they are about to do."