Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side won’t be bullied ahead of their English Premier League fixture against Everton on Saturday.
A lot of criticism has been thrown Wenger’s way regarding the size of his squad and the fact that a lot of his players are ‘lightweights’ in terms of physical presence.
Wenger, though, has come to his side’s defence and said they will not be bullied off the ball against an Everton team that beat them 3-0 in the coinciding fixture at Goodison Park last season.
“Many teams think that (Arsenal can be bullied). We get that question many times,” said Wenger.
“But if you look at the results from the last three or four years away from home, we are the team with the best away results.
“When we buy a player we do not look how heavy he is, but how good he is. It is a coincidence that we are a bit lightweight.
“Maybe because we use more technical players in the middle of the park, especially Arteta. On that front maybe.
“It depends as well who plays. If I play (Santi) Cazorla or Podolski, the weight is a bit different, but it is true we are a bit more lightweight than before, when we had (Emmanuel) Petit, (Patrick) Vieira, (Ray) Parlour.
“You always want to improve technically and sometimes when you want to do that you go a bit more for skill, which can be more lightweight.”