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Arsene Wenger pays respect to David Bowie following his death

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Arsene Wenger has spoken of his admiration for David Bowie, just hours after the musician died from cancer aged 69.

During his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Liverpool, the Arsenal boss said he was a fan of Bowie's music.

"I'm not specialist enough to assess his musical quality", mused Wenger. "But the message he gave to my generation was very important. What I keep from his philosophical message is: be strong enough to be yourself."

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HAMSTRUNG

After his tribute to Bowie, Wenger turned his attention to Wednesday night's game against Liverpool and was quizzed about the fitness of Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger revealed that the Chilean is unlikely to take part at Anfield, instead targeting Sunday's trip to Stoke as a return date from his hamstring troubles.

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"If you listen to Alexis, he can always play - even when he is injured. We try to be cautious but he is very close."

Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina has "a 60/40 chance" of making it, whilst Tomas Rosicky is back in full training this week.

BALLON D'OR

Although he backs Messi to "certainly" win the 2015 Ballon d'Or, Wenger spoke out against the idea of individual awards in a team sport.

When asked about Mesut Ozil's chances of winning 2016's award, the Frenchman called himself "a big enemy" of an award which is "contradictory to what is the route of our sport."

Wenger also confirmed that a deal for Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny should be completed later this week. Arsenal head to Anfield two points clear of 2nd-placed Leicester City. 

Will the Gunners extend their lead during this midweek programme? Let us know what you think.

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