"That's what you want, the players have produced a quality performance".
"If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game".
"If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game, we can not accept that".
When asked about Mourinho's comments, Wenger responded by claiming he is "always" honest when it comes to team selection.
Yet the striker was declared fit to start at the Emirates Stadium and scored Arsenal's only goal in the 3-1 defeat.
Mourinho sarcastically praised the Gunners' medical department after the match and returned to the same subject this week by suggesting reports that David Silva might be forced to miss the Manchester derby could be filed under L for Lacazette.
"He had tests on Friday morning and we thought he wouldn't play".
"But, he tried and he played".
Even though progression into the last 32 has been assured, the Frenchman still intends to play those on the fringes of the first-team, rather than blood a team of youngsters in what is all-but a dead rubber for the hosts. It has been suggested that both players need to leave in January if they are to make their respective World Cup squads, something that is already something of a long shot in Walcott's case.
When told of Mourinho's jibe, Wenger said he had not misled anyone intentionally.
"We'll play quite an experienced team on Thursday". Indeed, only defender Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out having picked up a minor thigh injury at the weekend.
Wenger remains hopeful the Germany worldwide could yet return to the side at Southampton on Sunday after suffering a thigh injury at the weekend.
Wenger also addressed Wilshere's decision to go ice skating with his family this week, after the midfielder posted a photo on social media and joked that he had managed to avoid any injuries.
"I thought he wouldn't play". It depends as well on what you do. "You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, and [you can do] ice skating violently".