"You have to take some positives", he said. Of course, you have!
Undermining Wenger's quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.
Now Sanchez is a difficult choice - to sign the main contract of his life or go to another club who set themselves more ambitious goals.
Of the Saturday fixtures, Everton look a rock solid proposition to beat Stoke City.
Wenger also recognised the wider value of this as regards that group.
"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play". The Frenchman ensured his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette will not easily be the big man up front in these parts.
Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker decided to stay. Start it off right with a clean sheet, Robbo. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".
The wing-back's pretty much pick themselves.
"I hope for Arsenal's sake that doesn't happen, but I won't be surprised if it does". That's not Sanchez though, he's world class'.
To me next pick and as my eyes move around the dressing room. Mesut Özil lost possession in a dangerous spot.
Arsenal implored Mike Dean for a penalty when Kolasinac's cross hit Wilfred Ndidi on a raised arm - from close range it must be said - but the referee waved the appealers on their way.
"So we conceded two goals from corner, we were quite good last season on corners". Shakespeare mentioned that Slimani could be involved Friday, so expect him to at least be on the bench.
Giroud told Sky Sports after the game that he and his teammates never doubted they could come back.
It has to be, after Giroud made so many in the Emirates cry out "yes!" "It was a relief for me he decided to stay".