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I am very pleased with our market because we bought good players who can integrate with our style of play. It is very difficult. Today, the prices are out of proportion. The transfer market has become very demanding today. We have many leaders. The modern life has created maybe a bit less natural leadership because more players are better informed and have a bigger knowledge of the game so everybody contributes.feedback
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Aug 22 2017
The latest quote from Arsene Wenger is: “When he returns, he won't be far from practising with the team. He has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.”. It comes from the Wilshere declares his 'hunger & passion is back' after red card for Arsenal U-23s article. You’ll find on this page 424 articles with Arsene Wenger quoted on topics such as Bayern and Europe. Arsene Wenger has been quoted 943 times in 424 articles.
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Aug 20 2017

I wanted to put Walcott on because he can cross for Giroud.feedback

Aug 19 2017

They only had three shots on goal, so I don't feel that we defended that badly. On set-pieces, yes.feedback

Aug 19 2017

Look at the numbers and you will see. Look at the statistics and that is it. Penalties - we had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us.feedback

Aug 19 2017

It was not offside at all, even his foot was not offside.feedback

Aug 19 2017

But we have to swallow that, we should have scored despite that. It was another detail that did not go our way.feedback

Aug 19 2017

It is a very easy decision. When the ball is kicked he is not offside, Lacazette.feedback

Aug 19 2017

After that we did not move the ball quickly enough and we did not combine well. I believe some teams will get something here, that is why if you want to play at the top you have to consider it three points dropped.feedback

Aug 19 2017

It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal. I was not convinced by our central defence.feedback

Aug 19 2017

It was a very frustrating evening. I feel we had plenty of chances to score and didn't.feedback

Aug 19 2017

We have 33 players at the moment and that's too many. I'm not thinking about buying players tonight.feedback

Aug 19 2017

We were quite good last year on corners and I believe overall that, with a bit of work, we can get that out of our system.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - World Happiness report

It is an important quality to help adapt to the Premier League.feedback

Aug 19 2017

For Alexis it looks a bit early, but he works hard in training. Our medical people think Saturday comes too soon but he should be available for the next game against Liverpool.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Look, at the moment no, because we have not progressed on that front. At the moment he is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season. We have not made any progress on the other front.feedback

Aug 16 2017

He should be available next game against Liverpool. His recovery going very well, he is working very hard. We have got to be cautious with a muscular strain not to have any setback on it.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Because I rate him highly and he's one of the players who is on his way up. In the last year he has made huge progress and personally I want him to stay here for a long time. I'm convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years.feedback

Aug 16 2017

At the moment no, because we have not progressed on that front. He is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season. That is a consequence of what I say, yes, unfortunately. But we have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest, and most of the time if you can find a good compromise it's better. But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.feedback

Aug 16 2017

I think I plan for him to be here for the whole season, after we will see at the end of the season.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Let's not forget that people who are not happy will sometimes go abroad, to different countries and that will not stop. The transfer abroad will still take place if the other countries continue to be open until the August 31 so it might still have some of the problems we face today.feedback

Aug 15 2017

Of course [Sanchez will stay]. [The Costa scenario] is a little bit of a different situation. It looks unusual to the media sometimes that clubs want contracts to be respected. For me, it looks logical. I am amazed that you are amazed. It looks normal.feedback

Aug 15 2017

After that, let's take it game by game - go to Stoke - then to Liverpool, who are as well one of the teams who want to win the Premier League. To win like we did will only strengthen [belief] and overall we have good ingredients in the squad and it is a good opportunity again to show it away from home.feedback

Aug 15 2017

Does it bother me the window is still open? Yes, because it creates uncertainties. At the start of the season everybody should be committed, not half-in, half-out.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I made him start at a very young age and want him to have the career he is capable of, but he has gone through difficult times.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I want him to play somewhere. We have to decide that later.feedback

Aug 13 2017

He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game.feedback

Aug 12 2017

Leicester had three shots on target and scored three goals, so that shows you how efficient they were, but overall I must say if you look at that from a neutral point of view, for the first game it was a top-quality match.feedback

Aug 11 2017

He is really loved here, we love him and, in the end, he decided to stay.feedback

Aug 11 2017

But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers.feedback

Aug 11 2017

It's simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us. Even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left he did very well. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play. He is an intelligent player. It's long time since we had so much quality.feedback

Aug 11 2017

Giroud is in his prime – he is at the top of his game. I know how important he is, not only as a player but also in the group, he has a big weight. It was a relief for me he decided to stay.feedback

Aug 11 2017

He's had an encouraging pre-season. He's shown you can go past people. He's not fazed.feedback

Aug 11 2017

We didn't manage to do that last season so I'm not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.feedback

Aug 11 2017

For a while you had the problem of the quality of the pitch but that does not exist anymore. Today, the pitch is of a similar quality to everywhere. After that, the difficulty is to fill it, nothing more. In England, we are not used to playing with half a stadium empty. So can they fill it in every game? I don't know. A full Wembley Stadium is fantastic.feedback

Aug 11 2017

You will have so many scientists around the team that [the people] who will bring out the team to play on Saturday will be more management specialists than football specialists.feedback

Aug 11 2017

[This is] because the football decisions will be made by technological analysis.feedback

Aug 11 2017

I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club.feedback

Aug 11 2017

And you could see that this team has quality and is used to playing together, but [we had] 70 per cent possession with 27 shots on goal.feedback

Aug 11 2017

I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build up and the third goal was on a corner again, so we conceded two goals on corners.feedback

Aug 11 2017

Well if you were a manager and you would be on the bench when you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned. I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build up and the third goal was on a corner again, so we conceded two goals on corners.feedback

Aug 11 2017

Even people will say we conceded three goals, yes, but we scored four as well and the game was of quality.feedback

Aug 10 2017

At the moment the most active have been United, City and Liverpool a bit.feedback

Aug 10 2017

Yes, because look at what City have done.feedback

Aug 10 2017

And it's not finished – Chelsea have bought [Alvaro] Morata and have not lost [Diego] Costa yet, and they will certainly buy more. In the middle of the transfer market it's difficult to predict [the season].feedback

Aug 10 2017 - Manchester United

They have been quite spectacular in the transfer market, Manchester United as well.feedback

Aug 10 2017

Personally, I think he is a hugely talented player. He is on the way up and he will continue to move up because that potential is there. He is today very conscious of his qualities as well, which he was not always, and I personally believe he will be a very great player.feedback

Aug 10 2017

Maybe yes, he has the opposite problem. But if you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back. I have sympathy for him but do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players? Then no.feedback

Aug 10 2017 - Manchester United

Yes, because look at what City have done. They have been quite spectacular in the transfer market, Manchester United as well. And it's not finished – Chelsea have bought [Álvaro] Morata and have not lost [Diego] Costa yet, and they will certainly buy more. In the middle of the transfer market it's difficult to predict. At the moment the most active have been United, City and Liverpool a bit.feedback

Aug 10 2017

At the moment I have 33 players and it's very difficult to manage such a high number on a daily basis.feedback

Aug 10 2017

I think it is all a little bit in your head. For a while you had the problem of the quality of the pitch but that does not exist any more. Today the pitch is of a similar quality to everywhere. After that, the difficulty is to fill it, nothing more. In England we are not used to playing with half a stadium empty. So can they fill it in every game? I don't know. A full Wembley Stadium is fantastic.feedback

Aug 10 2017

I was always, honestly, not for it. But we will focus first on the Premier League; for us it is the most important.feedback

Aug 10 2017 - Manchester United

Maybe I was a bit positive. I took into account the four who finished in front of us [last season]. Then if you include us and Manchester United, and there could be a surprise like Leicester. [Or] teams like Everton. You can have seven.feedback

Aug 09 2017

Because the football decisions will be made by technological analysis.feedback

Aug 09 2017

I'm personally convinced that will happen soon. I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club. You will have so many scientists around the team that who will bring out the team to play on Saturday will be more management specialists than football specialists. I would like somebody who comes in gets the club to the next level. I just want to make sure that the guy that comes in after me is in a condition that he could work well.feedback

Aug 09 2017

I think if you read the French papers they are on Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market. That's what I read in the papers and on my side I had no contact at all with Paris Saint-Germain [about Sanchez].feedback

Aug 09 2017

I can't tell you that at the moment. We are not open to any offers anyway.feedback

Aug 09 2017

He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training. he had the scan two days ago. He's out for I don't know how long.feedback

Aug 09 2017

Certainly, my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment.feedback

Aug 09 2017

Some you know about and that's very difficult for a group of players to cope with that - and some other reasons we will talk about on another day.feedback

Aug 07 2017

To be honest, the number is too high. We will let some players go. Too much competition for places is detrimental, but not enough competition for places is detrimental as well.feedback

Aug 07 2017

That decision is not completely made. I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.feedback

Aug 07 2017

You have players who are pumped up in the gym, and players who are born strong, and he is the second. I got him as well because of his attitude; the modern game doesn't tolerate as many weaknesses any more as it did 20 years ago. He has good talent and a strong, determined attitude supported by a strong body.feedback

Aug 07 2017

Let's just focus on the next game and try to start well. We play Leicester, they have experience and have the same team for four years now and that will be another battle.feedback

Aug 07 2017

I thought Wembley, the pressure, but when he came on I thought he was outstanding. He is physically very strong naturally. He was born strong.feedback

Aug 06 2017

I don't know if it was a sending off or not but at that moment we were dominating. We had some difficult moments at the start of the second half but after [that] we dominated the game.feedback

Aug 06 2017

With the amount of transfers, you buy just normal players for £50m. The clubs do not want to pay this for normal players. They will want to wait until the player is free.feedback

Aug 06 2017

I warn you that you are going to see that more and more. It will become common for one single reason: the inflation rate is so high on wages and the agent will speculate on high wages three or four years before the end of a contract. The clubs are not in a position where they can afford to do it. Will clubs be interested in running down contracts? Yes.feedback

Aug 06 2017

Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret. The transparency of society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can. I think he will be here this season, and if we can do it for more seasons we will do it as well.feedback

Aug 04 2017

We are professional football people and I think what it means to be professional is to focus on your job and the strength of professional people is not to be diverted by noises that are not their problem. I cannot judge because I don't know what's going on, I have not been informed about that and so I cannot give you any more information on that.feedback

Aug 04 2017

For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years. Once a country owns a club, everything is possible. It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country.feedback

Aug 04 2017

Once a country owns a club, everything is possible. It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - NBA

We still live with rationality. We are not the only ones. I think 99 percent of the clubs do that but of course we cannot compete at that level.feedback

Aug 03 2017

At some stage, too much competition is not competition anymore. You cannot give a chance to everybody, so if he finds a satisfying solution, at least for a short time, he will do it.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Champions League

I would have loved to play in the Champions League, but we have to deal with the reality that we are not in it. For us it is a good opportunity to focus completely on the Premier League, but anyway I would say that the Premier League has in my opinion taken over from the Champions League interest-wise.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Manchester United

It's very difficult at the moment to evaluate the real forces in the Premier League. Manchester United have bought, City have bought many players, Liverpool have bought, we have bought, Chelsea have bought, Tottenham have a young group that is together for a long time.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Champions League

It happened sometimes that we rested players in the group stage of the Champions League to prepare for the next Premier League game, because every Premier League game is so difficult.feedback

Aug 03 2017

It's very open and it's very difficult for me to predict exactly what will happen.feedback

Aug 03 2017

It's the consequences we provoke. If Barcelona want to buy a player, we'll say 'my friends, you have 220 million in your pocket', so what costs 50 million will cost 100 million for them.feedback

Aug 03 2017

Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be on his final year of his contract next season, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.feedback

Aug 03 2017

So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - London

He has flu, yes. I had him on text yesterday. There's no development (on his future), he is staying, of course.feedback

Jul 30 2017

When you are a football player you perform until the last day of your contract. What does it change if you have two years or one year to go? If you go out on the football pitch you want to play and you want to do well.feedback

Jul 30 2017

In the future you will see that more and more, players going to the end of their contract. Why? Because transfers become so high, even for normal players, they will go to the end of the contract because no one will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded. I am convinced that in the next 10 years that will become usual.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Nobody knows if Sanchez will not extend his contract here. The performance on the day does not depend on the length of the contract. If that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years. My situation was different. It impacted the players. For an individual player, it does not. What can I do? One day [Alexis] will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal will go on. Hopefully. Of course, I think he'll stay. How many times have I said that?feedback

Jul 30 2017

Alexis & Ozil contract situations ideal.feedback

Jul 30 2017

It was an encouraging performance from Lacazette. He suffered a bit from the fact when we were a bit flat.feedback

Jul 30 2017

When he was involved he was intelligent, he protected the ball well and he got his goal - overall, it was an encouraging performance.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Do you really think that you sit in the dressing room before the game and think, Oh I only have one year to go I will not play well today'? Where does that come from. My situation was different. It impacted the players. For an individual player, it does not. What can I do? One day [Alexis] will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal will go on. Hopefully. Of course, I think he'll stay. How many times have I said that?feedback

Jul 30 2017

Week after week, Lacazette looks to adapt quickly. Overall, I think it will take him one or two months. Scoring goals is about being in the right place when the cross comes in - and Lacazette has that quality.feedback

Jul 30 2017

He has flu, yes. I had him on text yesterday. The players who have one year of their contract have to respect their contract and play out their contract.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Even if that happens, it doesn't matter. You do well [in] what you do. I am amazed that you are surprised by that. It looks normal to me.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Yes. I think in the future, you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high [in financial terms], even for normal players. You will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount demanded. I'm convinced, in the next 10 years, it will become usual.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Overall in the future, I don't think he'll be a centre-back.feedback

Jul 30 2017

What can I do about that? One day, he will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal, hopefully, will go on. Do I think he will stay [this season]? Yes, of course. How many times did I tell you that?feedback

Jul 30 2017

We had a very good record [at the start of seasons] as long as we didn't travel. We always won our first games. Since we travelled, we struggled a bit more. But we are in the same line as every other team. Everybody travels. Only the smaller clubs have the luxury to prepare at home.feedback

Jul 29 2017

For a manager it's a bit different, it concerns. What is the future of the club, what's going on, what's happening, it has great uncertainty. For the player it's different.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Kolasinac has gone from strength to strength in pre-season. Every single week he moved his level up and today he was influential. Kolasinac looks powerful and the timing of his availability looks very good.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Your job is to be suspicious. Your job is built on mistrust. My job is built on trust. That's why I prefer mine.feedback

Jul 29 2017

I said, calm down. He looked like he wanted to talk to me. I tried to know what he wanted to tell me.feedback

Jul 29 2017

He has flu. I had him on text yesterday saying he would come back as soon as possible. We're in touch with him and his doctor. There's no problem except he won't come back tomorrow, he'll be back on Tuesday. There's no development. It's always the same. He's staying, of course. I think the players who want a new contract have to respect their contract.feedback

Jul 29 2017

I can't reveal to you what he says, I cannot reveal what is a secret conversation. We speak in English. He's flying back as soon as he's in a position to fly back - he has the flu. That's normally four or five days.feedback

Jul 29 2017

You'll see everybody because I will play two teams. One of the most interesting parts of the Emirates Cup for me is that I can give 90 minutes to most of the players in the squad. I will try to do that. You see their strengths and their weaknesses, and you learn a lot about your players and your combinations too.feedback

Jul 29 2017

You see their strengths and their weaknesses, and you learn a lot about your players and your combinations too.feedback

Jul 29 2017

The advantage we have is that we have a good stability in our squad, so I already know who I can combine with who, more or less.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Sometimes people you are after for a long time are not available and suddenly they become available. So you have always to be on alert. That's what we do.feedback

Jul 29 2017

What's next is to remain active. The difficulty is to bring top-level players in because you pay a huge amount of money for very normal players at the moment. As well, all the big clubs are chasing the same players and that provokes huge inflation.feedback

Jul 29 2017

So there is a huge inflation. But we are active, we are working hard and I think we have done well with Kolasinac, we have done well with Lacazette and we are continuing to work.feedback

Jul 29 2017

Maybe this will be the first time we [football clubs] pay over £200m, maybe over £300m with Neymar and around £200m with Mbappe.feedback

Jul 29 2017

We don't speak about how negotiations go. We come out once the deal is done or not done. At the moment nothing special to say on this case. We are active on the market in general.feedback

Jul 28 2017

He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.feedback

Jul 28 2017

Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That's what we will do.feedback

Jul 23 2017

Honestly, it is a problem, I don't deny that. But is there a realistic way to fight against it? That's the question that I ask.feedback

Jul 23 2017

My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I've made it clear a few times that he is not for sale and this is my stance.feedback

Jul 23 2017

We've fought against this for 20 years but it still happens. How can you check when an agent meets a director from another club or which player speaks to who.feedback

Jul 23 2017

It happens every day. Monaco do it as well! In the end they sell their players to the clubs who they complain against. I don't know what we need to do really because no one has found the right solution. But we know it happens and we know in the job that one of the sources of information comes from agents.feedback

Jul 23 2017

We are respectful with the clubs. We ask them what they want to do and if they don't want to sell then we don't insist. For some, that is where the difference is. Once the club says no, some say: 'ok, we respect that'. And some continue and do not take no for an answer. That maybe is where Monaco complained. If you have top players you cannot stop it from happening. It's frustrating but you've got to fight against it.feedback

Jul 22 2017

I think it will happen one day, why not? If we don't do it then somebody else will do it. That idea is in the air in France or Spain and certainly we could see it happen in the future, that some countries export some games.feedback

Jul 22 2017

No, it doesn't make any difference.feedback

Jul 22 2017

[Theo] Walcott might not play tomorrow. Today we had 21 players fit. Walcott was not ready, but it's nothing major.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - London

It's a friendly against Chelsea and that means it is not really a friendly. There's always some pride at stake and London desire.feedback

Jul 19 2017

But as well he has that kind of mental confidence and security that he gives out when he's in goal that makes you think 'it's normal that I'm in goal, it's normal that I'm here. I'm not intermittent; I'm here to stay here.' And you feel that. He gives a kind of security that's very positive.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Champions League

We have played for 20 years in the Champions League. That's 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him. So he can get us back in there.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Champions League

We have rested sometimes players in the group stage of the Champions League for the Premier League so it has become most important for us.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Champions League

At the end of the season, only one team can win the Champions League.feedback

Jul 18 2017

We are very active on the transfer market and have already realised two incomings. We have to keep a balance as well, that you don't destabilise the team too much by bringing in too many players.feedback

Jul 18 2017

We are still open to strengthening our team with players coming from outside.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I think at some stage I did not think it would be a handicap for my commitment and it was not. But it was a bit of a handicap because it created a climate of insecurity and a lack of clarity about my person that maybe did not help at some stage.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Champions League

When you play in the Champions League, everyone says: 'Is that all you do?' Suddenly when you don't play in there it becomes a major problem.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I'm happy that I always gave him the confidence because he's developing very well into a very strong goalkeeper and today certainly nobody would question that he's one of the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League.feedback

Jul 18 2017

My issue is that the players here are judged on their performances. Ideally the best way to have a high level of performance is to behave as well as possible, as close as possible to the rules that allow you to be performing.feedback

Jul 17 2017

Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end people don't move.feedback

Jul 16 2017

Of course [he will stay]. There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.feedback

Jul 15 2017

It also depends on the shape they come back in.feedback

Jul 15 2017

No, a lot that comes out [about] Sanchez does not look completely right! No, that is not the case. Yes, 100 per cent I expect him to stay. There is no speculation - no matter what happens he will stay.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Lacazette will play most of the time as centre forward. He can play in any system because he's a provider as well, he can combine and play in a 4-4-2. There is a lot of speculation, I have many times said that I have a huge respect for Olivier Giroud for the man he is and the way he loves our club. Even with all the speculation he is focused and does his job. I always said [that I expect him to stay], I was always consistent with that.feedback

Jul 15 2017

But we have not made any offer. I think he will stay, it looks like that, for one more season.feedback

Jul 15 2017

That's not true. People have big imaginations. What we know now with Mbappe is it's over £100m, after that it's free for everyone to imagine.feedback

Jul 15 2017

We were considering him (Ruud van Nistelrooy) and Francis Jeffers and, in the end, we went for Jeffers.feedback

Jul 15 2017

But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Players like Alexis Sanchez played the whole season, finished the season really tired and went off to play in the Confederations Cup.feedback

Jul 15 2017

I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes. I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Usually you need three weeks but they will have a programme and can be involved after one week to ten days, and play a part in games.feedback

Jul 14 2017

Today, you have two markets: one for the English clubs; and one for the rest of Europe.feedback

Jul 14 2017

You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us.feedback

Jul 13 2017

I haven't spoken to him yet. I think Per went to tell him to give the ball back. I don't know what happened.feedback

Jul 13 2017

It's always difficult to know how to behave. I think we should have just rolled the ball back because, I don't know if Danny Welbeck saw it on video, but on video it was obvious it was not a penalty.feedback

Jul 12 2017

Lacazette will make his debut here, yes. On Thursday night he will certainly play a part in the game and in the other game as well. In the two games he will take part.feedback

Jul 12 2017

That's a question I didn't expect today. The pressure starts again – first press conference and we are there.feedback

Jul 11 2017

But at the moment, because we are in pre-season, it is very important for us to analyse well what happened last season and where we can improve.feedback

Jul 11 2017

We have top quality in our squad, and at the moment I focus on that.feedback

Jul 11 2017

That's all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing. He's a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.feedback

Jul 11 2017

He's a player who just when he gets up in the morning can choose where he wants to go. There's not many players who have that kind of luck because he's 18 years of age and has a red carpet open for him. I believe nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre.feedback

Jul 11 2017

We extended his contract last season. Our resolution is clear because we extended his contract. He's a great value to the squad. I'm completely committed to do well for Arsenal Football Club. To do well of course means to win the Premier League. I stayed for so long because for me, first, a club is about values. We built values that are important to me. One of the values is as well to win trophies but more important to know who we are, what is important in the game and, with that basis, to win football games. On top of that we want to bring trophies in.feedback

Jul 11 2017

He's a player that we follow yes, we look at. We are looking at more signings. But there's nothing really concrete about any singings.feedback

Jul 11 2017

That's the continuity of what I said at the end of the season; that is what we will do. The players have contracts and we expect them to respect them. It's in his interest to do as well as he can. Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be on his final year of his contract next season, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Thierry Henry could take the ball in the middle of the park and score a goal that no one else in the world could score.feedback

Jul 10 2017

No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Cesc Fabregas typifies what Arsenal is today. It's a mixture of boys who grew up here, and boys who join at the age of 16 from abroad and we develop them as players.feedback

Jul 10 2017

You can only have lots of respect for what Patrick has achieved. His career is sensational. He was an exceptional player for us. We have classy players in midfield now but Patrick was special. He was a tall player with good technique. You do not compare [old players with new players].feedback

Jul 10 2017

All Europe thought Overmars was dead because of his damaged knee, but in every important game we have had this season, he has scored. He has got great mental strength. He is a world-class player.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Massive passion for the game, technically much better than everybody thought he was, and a happy boy as well. He brought such enthusiasm to the team.feedback

Jul 10 2017

We have exceptional players in midfield with their own character. But at Arsenal we will be forever grateful for Patrick's contribution.feedback

Jul 07 2017

I think he had a huge impact at Leicester when they won the championship, like everybody else. It's been a different season this year but it doesn't take anything away from his qualities. Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. Not yet means it could happen, it could not happen.feedback

Jul 02 2017

I don't think Mesut needs convincing to stay.feedback

Jun 23 2017

For me, loyalty plays a part when it comes to representing a club – and Theo has been very loyal.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Champions League

I would choose Barcelona's equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go. That's the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Champions League

After that maybe I go to a more recent decision - against Bayern Munich when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a penalty when Lewandowski was offside. That just comes to my mind now but maybe I forget many, many, many, many more.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We didn't want to get rid of Gnabry. We wanted to keep him. But he was in the last year of his contract. We were close to extending his contract, but finally he changed his mind and went to Werder Bremen. But I think we taught him a lot, and I think if you ask him, he would agree with that.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Serge Gnabry is a great hope for the future, I rate him highly. He is in the category of [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Theo] Walcott – guys who have great power, great pace and good dribbling skills.feedback

Jun 07 2017

He is good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football.feedback

Jun 07 2017

So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.feedback

Jun 07 2017

No [they won't leave]. You cannot weaken the club and weaken the team. You want to strengthen the team. Unless you find a player of the same calibre and if they absolutely want to leave.feedback

Jun 06 2017

Well, I approached him last year because I really believe that he has an exceptional future ahead of him, that he has all the qualities. He reminds me of a young Thierry Henry with the same clever look about him, the same qualities of intelligence in his movements and cat-like finishing. I think he's an exceptional talent who promises to have a great future.feedback

Jun 06 2017

Nobody will buy a player for a €100 million and say: 'Come on, sit in the stands.feedback

Jun 02 2017

We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes. This summer first of all they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract. You cannot weaken the club and weaken the team, and you want to strengthen the team, unless you find a player of the same calibre if they absolutely want to leave. I believe that at the moment we are not on that front, we are focused on keeping the team together and seeing how to strengthen the team.feedback

May 31 2017

Have I looked to sign Kante? Yes. When he was in France and when he was at Leicester. I cannot explain everything [about why he preferred Chelsea] but it is quite obvious when you look at where he has gone. Was it the money? I do not want to talk about that. Transfers are transfers – you cannot explain absolutely everything.feedback

May 31 2017 - Manchester United

I am sorry because we were very close to getting him. We were on the case very early. I wish the player well. At the end of the day it is important he has a good career. He was at Lens, and we might well have caught him there. Yet at the same time, when you are in charge of a club like Arsenal, you have to wonder why this player is not playing for us. He was very close to coming here. He has a number nine shirt with Ronaldo on the back from Arsenal Football Club. What happened was that Carlos Queiroz went to Manchester United and they snapped him away from us because he knew him from Sporting.feedback

May 31 2017

The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here because he was at the end of [his] contract, but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight. But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.feedback

May 31 2017

I remember when Hart played at Birmingham [in 2009-10]. I asked about him and they told me he is at Man City. I thought he would be the keeper there.feedback

May 31 2017

I think, in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team. We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona.feedback

May 31 2017

We could have got Ronaldinho before he went to PSG. I met his brother, who is his agent, a long, long time before he went to PSG - when he was 20 - but we just could not get him to England because of the rules here. Basically, what the rule does is force you to wait to buy the player but, by then, you cannot afford him anymore. I must confess it was a huge mistake as he can play in midfield. He struggled at the start at Tottenham, then they moved him to midfield and he has done exceptionally well.feedback

May 31 2017

Our end of season is a good springboard to go for more. We have created a dynamic which is very positive and we want to build on from that and transfer the positive end of season to the new season.feedback

May 31 2017

I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It's what we all want and I know it's what our fans around the world demand.feedback

May 31 2017

I am a specialist in masochism. I believe as well that this job allowed me to get to the next level as a human being; to develop my strengths in what makes a human being great. To get the best out of people. That is absolutely fantastic.feedback

May 30 2017

It's the first time for a long time I've had a team of what you can call men, ready to compete.feedback

May 29 2017

I am committed to giving everything to stay. The only thing I advise to young coaches, if you have tendency to paranoia, don't do this job.feedback

May 29 2017

I don't change my commitment. I worked until the last day of my contract. That is today, basically. I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment. So, for me, the contract does not have a special meaning. But, because of the debate, I should have sorted that out earlier.feedback

May 29 2017

I'm a very young man but I don't look very young. That's the difference. I have desire. I love my job. I love to win. I love to build. I love to get people going. I love what I do. It's as simple as that. I invite you, for one day, to live with me and one thing you cannot question is my commitment.feedback

May 29 2017

I've won a few Doubles and I know that when a team is on a high, it takes something special to break that.feedback

May 29 2017

I don't think that we are human beings if we can say: 'Oh, fantastic, I enjoy that [abuse].' There's a kind of violence in our society now where everybody has opinions and we have to live with it.feedback

May 29 2017

The best presentation? Watch the game [against Chelsea] and there can be no doubt.feedback

May 29 2017

No, never, there was no reluctance. I meet many Arsenal fans who are absolutely fantastic. I have just said there have been maybe one per cent [who have behaved badly] but 99% of our fans are absolutely fantastic. We play for them. Look, you ask me that question at least one time every week. Give me a little breather. When they equalised, I thought: 'Here we are. That will give them momentum. We will feel guilty and they will take advantage.' I was worried at that stage. But we responded straight away.feedback

May 29 2017

I am a forgiving man. This job is basically about trusting human beings so, if you cannot forgive, you cannot trust. The only thing I advise to young coaches is that if you have a tendency to paranoia, don't do this job.feedback

May 29 2017

The only thing I say is that during the game, you want people who are fans to be behind the club. I will never accept [otherwise] during a game. If people want me out, they want me out. I can accept that. During the game, you support the team.feedback

May 28 2017

It's the board who has to decide who will lead the club in the future and I have after to decide if they want me, do I say yes or no.feedback

May 28 2017

For once I have keep my medal so it is a special night for me. This season has been hurt by a blip in March and as well I am convinced now, looking back at this season, by the uncertainty about my future with the players. There is no perfect way [to leave]. I just want to do well for his club. After that it is down to the board members [to decide] whether I'm the right man to take this club further and for me to decide am I the right man to take this club further.feedback

May 28 2017

It was a proud moment. But I went into the game saying… everyone has written me off already.feedback

May 28 2017

We had outstanding performances. We know this team has suffered.feedback

May 27 2017

I believe that 99 per cent of Arsenal fans are fantastic people who stand behind the team. You want to play for them. In my position you've worked hard to get here, you want to just win the competition for the club, for the team. Indirectly, I'll be happy if we do.feedback

May 27 2017

A strong club is a club that makes a decision. It is wrong that in modern society it is not a question of whether a decision is right but whether it is popular. That has nothing to do with competence. People with responsibility have to make the right decision.feedback

May 27 2017

I don't mind criticism because we are in a public job. I believe there's a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way that human beings don't deserve.feedback

May 27 2017

No. I don't know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don't understand and I never did understand what it means.feedback

May 27 2017

I think it's down to the board members if I am the right man to lead this club further and for me to decide if I am the right man to lead this club further. It's not about popularity, it's about competence. I do. You can't make 35 years at the top level if you believe you're not the right man to do the job.feedback

May 27 2017

I am in a public job, I know I have to face criticism and I accept that. I don't mind facing criticism from supporters or from journalists, I will always try to answer it if I can, but once the game starts you should stand behind your team. Some of what has been going on during games this season has been unacceptable in my view, if you are a fan you should support your team. We have played some games in quite a hostile environment and I don't think that has been helpful.feedback

May 27 2017

I know what I would like to happen, but I don't know exactly what will happen. I don't feel that winning the Cup will necessarily change anything, it would be a bit ridiculous were 20 years of service to be decided by the result of one game, and neither should the future of the club depend on a single game.feedback

May 27 2017

We played since January in a very difficult environment for different reasons. Some, obviously, that you know about, and that is very difficult for the group of players to cope with that. Some other reasons we will talk about another day. But the psychological environment for the group of players was absolutely horrendous.feedback

May 27 2017

I have memories of the human beings, human experiences. That is more shared emotions and things like that.feedback

May 27 2017

I give them always out. There is always a guy at the club who did not get a medal, a member of staff so I have given it to him. So you are always a medal short and you will always find someone who takes it.feedback

May 27 2017

I am not a back looker. I am always forward. At home you would not even guess that I am a football manager, apart from the fact that a football game is on.feedback

May 27 2017

I am not separated from football. I am completely in football. I watch the game that is on on the night but I don't look back what we have won, what we have done and all that, what we have lost.feedback

May 26 2017

If he can justify it during the game it is even better.feedback

May 26 2017

I expect us of course to win. But it is true that Chelsea in the neutrals' opinions might be the favourites.feedback

May 26 2017 - Champions League

There are debates when you build a stadium. How big can it be? It's quite simple: at the time it was £4,000 per seat. You multiply that by 60,000 and it's £240million.feedback

May 26 2017 - Champions League

Plus, we had to buy the soil and the all businesses we had to buy out so it went for over £420million, and we had to pay a huge amount of money back every year and that's why we had to stay in the Champions League.feedback

May 26 2017

Today, you tell me 'do that again' I would say 'no, thank you very much, leave that to somebody else' because it was an unbelievably tough period.feedback

May 26 2017 - Champions League

Today, the television money makes the weight of the Champions League much weaker, but at the time it was absolutely needed, so that was for me the biggest period of pressure, between 2006 and 2014.feedback

May 26 2017

Will Cech play against Chelsea? It is possible. We will see.feedback

May 26 2017

You come to my house and you will be surprised. I have no medals, no trophies, nothing. You would not even guess I am a football manager, apart from the fact that a game is on.feedback

May 26 2017

Maybe we will have enough computers around the manager to analyse the game and, straightaway, he pushes on the button and, after the game, comes out the team for the next game.feedback

May 26 2017

Believe me, the 18 other managers in the league would like to be in our position on Saturday.feedback

May 26 2017

Maybe we'll have a robot on the bench who will make the decisions and the computer will analyse exactly what decisions he makes during the game. You might not even have human beings on the bench anymore.feedback

May 26 2017

If you want to go to paradise, come to us.feedback

May 26 2017

It was a dark yellow and the referee went for bright red.feedback

May 25 2017

It's not great to lose your best players.feedback

May 24 2017

Therefore, I just believe that the club has of course got a big job to do in the summer because you want keep players like Alexis and all the speculations can happen.feedback

May 24 2017

It is not only about money in football. That is important but it is not only about money.feedback

May 24 2017

We have to find solutions and hopefully I can find some good ones. I have to decide that until Saturday. We will test things in training until then.feedback

May 24 2017

We will see as he needs to go through some tests. But knowing the player, knowing his character and commitment to the club - which I don't question at all - he will do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.feedback

May 24 2017

Shkodran Mustafi we have some worries. He is still sick at the moment and has not trained yet. I don't know how much chance he has, I have to listen to the medical people.feedback

May 24 2017

When you go in the game, a cup final, you can accept the challenge and just want to win it. The last worry I have is myself.feedback

May 24 2017

It will not be my last match anyway because no matter what happens I will stay in football.feedback

May 24 2017

The team has given so much and they really want to win something this season.feedback

May 24 2017

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention because he is back in training.feedback

May 24 2017

It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home when your mind is on attacking and we lost two centre-backs. It is absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable. We are hit hard in a position where we have to be strong on Saturday.feedback

May 24 2017

He has the leadership qualities. It depends a little bit on the system I will go for. He has not played 90 minutes for a long time.feedback

May 24 2017

We still have some worries about Mustafi. He's still sick at the moment and has not trained yet. Will he play? I don't know. I have to listen to medical people.feedback

May 24 2017

Alexis is all right. He needs to go through some tests at the moment and we'll see how well he comes out of that. Knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment for the club, which I don't question at all, he'll do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday. Chamberlain is in contention because he's back in training.feedback

May 24 2017

It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home against Everton, your mind is on attacking and, on the day, we lost two centre-backs [Gabriel and Koscielny]. It's absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable, and we have been hit hard in a position where we will need to be strong on Saturday.feedback

May 24 2017

Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks. We had a scare about his cruciate but it's only a medial knee ligament, so the positive is that he avoids surgery. He's out until the beginning of August now, certainly.feedback

May 23 2017

I would like him to stay because I have a lot of admiration for the guy, he is a nice guy and when he first came to the club he was brilliant.feedback

May 23 2017

I would like him to stay to try to develop something to challenge for the Premier League, but at the moment we are quite a way away.feedback

May 21 2017 - Champions League

It's more the fact that we want to play in the best competition but did Chelsea play in the Champions League this year? Did Liverpool? No. If we have to cope with it, we have to cope with it.feedback

May 21 2017 - Champions League

For 20 years, I had to answer: 'Is that all you have to offer?' So, Sunday, it becomes an absolutely vital subject? Absolutely unbelievable. Financially, you don't suffer any more [by failing to qualify]. During the period when we had to pay the Emirates Stadium off, the income of the Champions League was absolutely vital. But it does not have the financial weight that it had before because television money has gone up.feedback

May 21 2017 - Champions League

In 2006, we had the Champions League final to prepare and this season we have the FA Cup final. We thought we had the chance to win the Champions League and to be in the Champions League again, so the fear to be in it was less big.feedback

May 19 2017 - China

You have to employ people who can help you to be successful. If I leave Arsenal Football Club tomorrow I have no right to come back because I have worked here. You have to be needed. [If] you have made a career as a player somewhere, it doesn't give you any divine right to come back.feedback

May 19 2017

For me, [fan demonstrations are] very bad. He is the manager who gave a stadium to the club, won cups, and he has been 21 years in the job. He is the creator of the stadium, the players and style of the club.feedback

May 19 2017

Of course I will be there and at the moment we should focus on the short term and what's going on this Sunday and in the cup final. I don't know [what will happen at the meeting]. There are many aspects of the football club that have to be discussed at a board meeting. One is, of course, what is happening with the manager, the future, the players to come in and things like that.feedback

May 17 2017

Pickford had an exceptional night. I think we had 36 shots at goal, the highest in the Premier League. The keeper saved 11 of them, so he did extremely well. But we have plenty of goalkeepers. We have Petr Cech, [David] Ospina, we have Wojciech Szczesny who is only on loan at Roma and has had an exceptional season. We [also] have Damian Martinez.feedback

May 17 2017

If there is one thing we do not need to buy, it is a goalkeeper.feedback

May 16 2017

Let's make 75 points and if we look at the number of points we can make it one of the best in the last 10 years.feedback

May 16 2017

Some teams turn up, some teams are on holiday. We had to fight very hard at Stoke and Southampton, but some teams once they are safe have a breather which didn't happen 10 years ago. The league has changed mentally. Morally it has changed a lot. If we don't have the results, I'm very disappointed but what is not excusable is not to give your best.feedback

May 16 2017

We have created a momentum again. We had a difficult period and we recovered from it. The only chance we have to be in the top four is to win our games.feedback

May 15 2017

I think overall at the start he was, as a player, mainly focused on scoring goals and he developed his assist potential with us very well. He plays now in a position where he can provide as well as score. I believe he has become a complete player and developed very well here at Arsenal. It's an exceptional achievement to score and provide in double figures. That is to be a special player.feedback

May 15 2017

I don't want to go into conclusions too early but it shows that 75 points is a decent total. I won the championship with 78 [in 1997-98].feedback

May 15 2017

I know where you want to lead me but I cannot give you that indication [on my future]. If we finish outside the top four it will be down to one point maybe. That will be difficult to swallow but that should not change completely the judgement of the team. You have to keep the same focus to try and strengthen the squad. That's what the club will do. I just focus on tomorrow's game. When you don't do it you are never completely satisfied, like everyone else who doesn't win it.feedback

May 15 2017

I know where you want to lead me but I cannot give you that indication [on my future]. If we finish outside the top four it will be down to one point maybe. That will be difficult to swallow but that should not change completely the judgement of the team. You have to keep the same focus to try and strengthen the squad. That's what the club will do. I just focus on tomorrow's game. It [getting 75 points] would mean that the season has not gone as well as I hoped at the start of the season because I start the season to win the Premier League.feedback

May 15 2017

When you don't do it you are never completely satisfied, like everyone else who doesn't win it. As well, it has not been disastrous. What is encouraging is the way the team has developed recently and the way the ambition of the team is back. It's difficult to get points in this league – difficult for everybody.feedback

May 15 2017

That's very difficult to answer, you know. Let's win on Tuesday and let everyone else think about what should happen, what has happened and what could happen. I have to work in the present.feedback

May 14 2017

There is no information about that – nothing. All I can do is my best. We have 69 points, on Tuesday will look to make it 72. I will do my best as long as I am here, for the values of this club.feedback

May 14 2017

I would say the players have responded after a difficult period. We could have gone divided but we have chosen to be united and that's what you see on the pitch. We have two home games now and after that it just shows that every season is different and we can still mathematically make 75 points. That will be a decent total.feedback

May 13 2017

The physios told me Alexis Sanchez wanted to come off, I don't know what it was, but he's a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after. I just think he has shown again that it's not about talent but desire too and fighting spirit and he has that as well.feedback

May 13 2017

When we went 3-1 up that was game over.feedback

May 13 2017

I am not influenced by that at all. I want to focus on football. I am not in politics. All the rest, for me, is less important. I am in sport, I love sport, I give 24 hours a day for what I love and all the rest - I am in a public job, some agree with me, some do not. But I have no special opinion on that. I am paid to do my job, for a club I love, and I will do that as long as I am here, with full commitment. I have nothing else to say.feedback

May 13 2017

Freddie has done extremely well with the Under-15s here. I was in touch with him constantly during his experience there. We gave him permission to go, but with a promise that he will come back if there's a possibility to come back here. Overall, I think it's part of his education to become a coach, to have this kind of experience. Hopefully, we can use that later at Arsenal.feedback

May 13 2017

If you look at their team, their squad, they have very good players, so I think he has a good opportunity there to get them out of the relegation battle and as well to prepare to be their long-term coach there.feedback

May 13 2017

Granit is more a deep playmaker I think than a box-to-box player.feedback

May 13 2017

Yes. I think, the major incident was not that comment. The major incident was Ramsey. That's where it started. But I don't know why they boo me so much. You should ask them. I don't bully them. Is it worse than Tottenham? It is maybe more aggressive, yes. But do you want me to stay at home on Sunday? Look, all that is only details. What matters is what is happening on the pitch and how well we play. All the rest is part of it, part of the product.feedback

May 13 2017

I focus on what I love in my job, which is football and the way my players behave on the pitch. I'm not responsible for the way people behave in the stands. If you want to stop that, it's easy to stop. You can isolate every single face.feedback

May 13 2017

I read that my team were not brave. All I can say is they are brave and, for me, you need to have more courage to play football when you know that someone is tackling you from behind without any intention to play the ball. It happened at the weekend. Do you think Delap tried to play the ball when he tackled Walcott? Or that Shawcross tried to play the ball when he tackled Adebayor off the pitch? All the players have been injured deliberately. I am not ready to listen to things that are completely untrue and make people who are cowards, for me, look brave.feedback

May 13 2017

The tackle from Shawcross was horrendous. Spare me how nice he is. Did you see where the injury is? It is not acceptable. That is not football for me and I refuse to live with it. The FA have to act.feedback

May 13 2017

I think one day football will have to tackle that. It's easy to sit in the stand and insult people. It's the easiest sport in the world.feedback

May 13 2017

I think sometimes when I go out on the pitch at the end of the game, and people are angry or hateful, I would like a little picture to send home for them to show their son or daughter, and then come back next week and see if they will do it again, see if they are proud of you.feedback

May 13 2017

Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left?feedback

May 12 2017

But the most important thing through the system is that the positions suit the quality of the players. Ramsey has a bit more protection behind him and has more freedom to go forward and get into the box. When he is at his best physically, he has a huge engine. Also he has a sense for the timing of his runs, so when he's physically strong he can take advantage of his tactical knowledge of the game.feedback

May 11 2017

We were dynamic, quick going forward, well organised. It was a difficult game. We knew in the second half we could score goals. We created more space and overall I think it was a very convincing win.feedback

May 11 2017

We had some chances as well in the first half, but it was a very even game. In the second half we took over and created many opportunities to score.feedback

May 10 2017

Over a longer period it is still the teams who have the most possession.feedback

May 10 2017

Over the last two seasons, teams who have not big possession have won the league.feedback

May 10 2017

It's a hamstring problem but we don't know how bad it is. I don't know (about the FA Cup final). He walks properly. It was tight, not a knife. I didn't see any incident where he had to stop a sprint. It was more fatigue, but it's difficult to assess so close.feedback

May 09 2017

I don't know what director of football means. It is somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don't understand and I never did understand what it means.feedback

May 08 2017

That's the kind of goal you want from Danny. He has all the abilities a striker needs. Hopefully, that will give him a boost.feedback

May 06 2017

You should look at someone who practices attacking football, like a Leonardo Jardim at Monaco. I would not fancy Diego Simeone to come and play a tight two lines in front of the goalkeeper. The Arsenal way of playing is attacking football, so you want to keep that.feedback

May 06 2017 - Manchester United

But I think one explanation why Mourinho is successful in bigger games generally is that he appears to demonstrate an understanding of the strengths of the opposition and the strengths of his own team, using that information to determine his tactics, philosophies and psychological approach going into such big games.feedback

May 05 2017

I believe last Sunday to just criticise Mesut Ozil's performance does not reflect exactly what happened on the pitch. Overall I believe recently he has put a lot of effort in. He was a bit, like the rest of the team, not physically at his best. Overall the big players get more criticised than the others. Secondly his style is more fluid, less aggressive but it doesn't mean you want it less.feedback

May 05 2017

Big players have to carry the responsibility of the team. People look at it like that.feedback

May 05 2017

We had some good conversations with him as well, you know. I think he embraces the challenge to play big games. Does he embrace the challenge to be criticised? I'm not sure. Does he like to be criticised? I'm not sure.feedback

May 05 2017 - Manchester United

Here you do that, you know I can't react, but I will meet you one day in the street.feedback

May 04 2017

Yes, we had some good conversations with him as well. But he has not had time since to write a book so you haven't read about it. I won't tell you what I tell him.feedback

May 04 2017

This week we have spoken about mental problems.feedback

May 04 2017

Yes, because I love the positive side of it. I love to win. I love to prepare [for] something big, the excitement. To hope to do well.feedback

May 04 2017

I don't think so, we will deal with it if we have to face it, but at the moment we are not there. We will focus on the same players. People underestimate the stress the players are under. You need to be a bit more balanced. In life you always have ups and downs. In our job the ups are higher and the downs are lower. That's what you have to deal with.feedback

May 04 2017

I don't think it was frustration towards the drug testers. It was frustration he lost the game. I don't know what happened. I was only told about it today. We will have a chat because it's always good to get the player's version.feedback

May 04 2017

I try to respect everybody. I think it's important that I focus on my own team and forget all the rest.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

More than focusing on Manchester United, what is important is having a chance to achieve our target. There is no choice, we have to beat them. I am open always in life to everything, for peace. But what is important when you are a competitor is you give everything to win the next game.feedback

May 04 2017

The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here. Because he was at the end of [his] contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight. But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there. Can Arsenal get him? I don't know, that's down to him. You know certainly as I do that today he will decide where he goes and say: Real Madrid? Maybe. Barcelona? Maybe. Arsenal? Manchester? He can go where he wants.feedback

May 04 2017

So, I don't know what is his deep aspirations but maybe the best thing for him is to stay one more year at Monaco.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

I am open always in life for everything. You know, for peace. But what is important when you are a competitor is that you give absolutely everything to win the next game.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

What is important when you are a competitor is you give absolutely everything to win the next game. I do not make of it a managers' fight. I want that my team shows up and gives a performance on Sunday and plays well.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

We focus on our performance. I don't know what Manchester United will do. We know they have a massive squad with quality players. No matter who plays, they will have a strong team out. Only a top-level performance will get us the win we want. Both teams are in the position where they have to win the game to have a little chance to be in the top four.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

We know that they have a massive squad with quality players.feedback

May 03 2017

They are big clubs - it is difficult. Just because you turn up doesn't mean you win. It is difficult to win.feedback

May 03 2017

But if you look back in the last three years, we won the FA Cup twice and finished second, third and fourth. We are in the FA Cup final again. Overall, I believe we are not happy because you want to win absolutely everything. But you have to accept as well that Real Madrid has not won their championship for five years. Liverpool hasn't won it for over 20.feedback

May 03 2017 - Champions League

I am like everybody - I prefer to be loved than hated but I can take a distance with that. I know as well it is not the person itself, it is the fact the manager does not win the games. They want to win and I can make a difference in that. I don't take it too personally. In fact, I personally hate myself - the manager - more than anybody when I don't win the games. I am a very bad loser. People want to win. If you don't win the championship, the FA Cup, the Champions League, it is absolutely disastrous.feedback

Apr 30 2017 - London

For a longer time, if the budget is too much different, it's impossible. When you get to a level, at some stage the best players want to be paid like the other players at that level. If the differential is too big, you're never able to keep your best players.feedback

Apr 30 2017

We played a little bit with a restricted attitude and I felt we lacked a little bit of freedom to play, and desire to hurt them more than we did. We had clearcut chances in the first half and we didn't take them well – not with enough conviction and not with enough determination.feedback

Apr 30 2017

Look, the points are the points. They do not come from heaven. You earn them on the pitch. It will be very difficult now for us to finish in the top four but we have to fight.feedback

Apr 29 2017

In fairness I wanted to do it a month-and-a-half ago, but I thought no, maybe we shouldn't destroy the way we have played before, because we were 20 games unbeaten. When the confidence becomes fragile, sometimes just to focus on something different is important. At the moment it looks like it gets the best out of every player. It's not a new system because I played it 20, 30 years ago. But it's a system that sometimes brings some reassurance when the defensive confidence is not at the best.feedback

Apr 29 2017

First of all, you face financial restrictions, which we did. Secondly, you don't feel at home like you were before. It can take two years.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - London

You cannot say that one year has the weight of 20.feedback

Apr 28 2017

When you finish 20 years above them it was not important, and suddenly now it becomes important. I think yes, it matters. Of course we want to be stronger than Spurs, we want to be stronger than anybody. [It will be] very difficult, much more you can imagine. First of all, you face financial restrictions, which we did [moving from Highbury to Emirates Stadium]. Overall, it might be less in future because you have more income.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Football tackles the problem very well but if some people are addicted, they are addicted and they get punished for it.feedback

Apr 28 2017

I find it immoral that people study, go to universities and work day and night, and then somebody who does nothing plays the right numbers and win £100 million. How can you defend that? People enjoy it but is it moral when a nurse in hospital doesn't earn any money and the guy who plays the right numbers wins £100 million? How can you defend that? If you want to encourage a society based on merit, it is indefensible.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It is a little bit, I must say, a general problem in our society. On every advert you have bet here and there. You cannot be surprised if people bet. If you don't want people to drink, don't sell alcohol. If don't want people to bet, you don't bet: you don't make betting official. You incite people to bet. Out of 100 people five get addicted. If you don't want that problem, you forbid betting, which I support completely in society.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - London

It will be a good test on Sunday even if I've not decided in what shape we will start the game.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - London

It's a bit early to come to any conclusions. We played only that system for three games. It's a short experience.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - London

The news we had yesterday was quite positive, so I hope he will be available. I think we looked at him. he played down the road at Milton Keynes. He has done extremely well: developed into complete player, very dangerous, scores goal, absolutely marvellous at his age. They've done well to buy him and give him a chance. They deserve credit for that.feedback

Apr 28 2017

What's important for me in my life is the next game and how well we can prepare, how much we focus on it and how we respond to what is expected from us.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Before a game like that, that doesn't cross my mind at all. What is important at the moment is the very short term and the game on Sunday. There's no distraction.feedback

Apr 27 2017

It's difficult for me as an Arsenal man at the minute but you have to be honest. I can only see right now Alexis Sanchez getting into that team without anyone saying: 'How come he's in the team?feedback

Apr 26 2017

We created some dangerous chances. We had to give everything on Sunday afternoon, playing extra time. Every win gives you a little more momentum. I don't have a preference for the Manchester derby, we don't have to look much at the others. We just have to look after ourselves. The target is clear for us.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I don't think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here. Even if he doesn't sign a new deal, I will make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell to a Premier League rival? Yes. The disagreements are more contractual, not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.feedback

Apr 25 2017

You amortise [gradually pay off] a transfer during the length of the contract. So when you play an amount of money, every year you deduct - when he signs for four years - 25 per cent of a contract. The problem that you have to analyse, always, firstly is, Can you find better? For what kind of money? The inflation is so big that sometimes today even mathematically there can be advantages to keep a player until the end of a contract.feedback