“No, no news, everybody is fine so far.”
“Hopefully he will be a little bit sooner than expected, he’s training and pushing himself and all the staff so hard like he always does and he’s in a good place. He’s evolving well and hopefully, we can have him a little bit earlier.
“We have to see, it’s still a bit early to decide that.”
Available for the festive period?
“I hope so, yes.”
Reaction on training ground after Liverpool loss
“Not only there, I really liked the reaction that we already had in the dressing room at Anfield after the game and how some players took leadership and described what happened in a really honest way and look forward.
“This is not something that in a season is never going to be like this (gestures upwards) there are always bumps in the road.
“There are results, injuries, and issues that you have to deal with and I really liked how the team reacted through the week.”
Players said things in the Anfield dressing room?
“This is something that before didn’t happen, and I am really pleased that it’s happening at the moment”
Can you say who or what was said?
“No, never! (to what happens in the dressing room.”
Something you are happy with?
“Yes, and we have to [right] on Saturday in front of our own people and after a defeat you need to win and get into that game with that mentality. The preparation is important, but what is more important at the end is; perform well, play as good as we can and we will be closer to winning the match.”
Positives from Liverpool loss
“Absolutely, there’s a lot of things you can learn. You see the standards that you have to raise to compete with those teams in the league and how consistently they do it for every game but as well how consistently they do it throughout the game and they dominate every area, that’s why they have been so successful.”
Newcastle’s poor record at the Emirates Stadium
“Let’s keep going, but this is a new game. Obviously there are some changes happening there, you can see the momentum that is building. It’s different, when you see the last game that they played as well, you see some different things.
“New manager, new coaching staff, so let’s be prepared.”
Can Howe save Newcastle from relegation?
“I admire Eddie for what he’s done in the league, his style of play, I know the coaching staff well. I’m sure they will be fully prepared.”
The difficulty for Howe organising a team after a positive Covid test
“We have the technology now to try to do as much as we can, but I imagine he found it really hard.
“In the moment that he just joined for that to happen, I think he’s been very unlucky but I’m sure they will find a way.”
Did Howe ring you for advice?
“No, he didn’t.”
Any chance of signing Jack Wilshere?
“I think it’s a great compliment for Jack that the players that are playing alongside him think that way of him. To be fair, he’s doing really well, he’s getting better and better and we know the qualities that Jack has.”
Prepared for a repeat of the Klopp incident?
“I think you have to be spontaneous, and do what you do. I will always defend my club, my team and the players on the pitch.”
Facing a Newcastle side on the up
“We are really looking forward to the game, as I said after a defeat you want to put it right straight away.
“In a different context, we are on a good run, we play at home, we are going to have our people right behind us and we are going to perform well. First of all, play as well as we can and we will be closer to winning the match.”
“I think it will be really nice to have him, we all love and like Joe. It was a difficult decision to make to let him go, but I think he’s shown why he needs to play there. The minutes he’s finding there and a new challenge.”
Spoken to him?
“Yes, not think week but I have done it before and he knows the reception he’s going to get.”
Klopp clash, good for your players?
“I don’t know, it’s who I am. If I feel like this I will react and if I feel I have to defend my players I will do it.”
Importance of wingbacks in football
“The fact that you have players in your backline that can become a real threat, can make good decisions, can contribute with key moments in the game – in the attacking phase – is obviously really important and we have a few of them.
“It’s another weapon.”
Are Newcastle that poor?
“What I have seen of them, no and from what I have seen of them in the last few games as well there were crucial moments where the game could have gone in a completely different way.
“We know the attacking threat they have, they have players that can hurt you in the last 30 metres of the pitch and we are going to have to be really conscious of that and play as well as we can.”
Relying on Ramsdale, White and Gabriel for years to come
“Obviously their age, how they complement the qualities and as well the chemistry they are building is really important and rare to see that early but they are enjoying playing together.
“This is something really important and they have to keep evolving.
“But not only with them, with every player involved in those positions.”
Managing the squad during a busy period
“Absolutely, the minutes and the performance levels of the individuals and the impact you can have off the bench when you want to change the team.
“That’s an alternative that you need because normally in this period you get injuries, suspensions start to come. We already have a few players very close to that, so everybody has to be ready because it’s going to be key the contribution they can make to sustain the level and results. “
Why Arsenal were opposed to the Newcastle takeover?
“I cannot say much. We have the regulators that have to decide who can own a football club or not, they have gone through the system and now Newcastle have new owners.
“They have fulfilled the criteria needed and that’s it, that’s what the regulators should do.”
Any personal view on the takeover?
“We are guided by the regulators, whatever we think if it’s better or not is not very relevant.”
Lacazette contract situation
“That is a position and situation that is happening more and more in football, he’s not the only one, we have a few and that’s something we have to be dealing with contracts that were coming from a few years ago with certain particularities.
“We knew that was the case, I already spoke to him individually about how we have to handle those situations in the best possible way and that’s it.”
Not concerned Lacazette can sign a pre-contract in January?
“It’s the situation that we have, whether we are concerned or not, things have happened in the last few seasons for different players but those possibilities are there and some next clubs have more control and some players have more control.
“But the important thing is that communication is clear and the intentions of both parties are very clear.”
What are those intentions?
“That the demands don’t change, whether you have six months or six years on your contract, you are still employed at the club. If you are here, you are willing to be here and you have to perform and there’s nothing different to expect from anybody.”
Formal Wenger offer?
“There has been communication, I saw him and I talked to him when we went to see the film and it was incredibly pleasant to see him and chat to him.
“Hopefully we can bring him close because I think he would have a great time just seeing the environment he can create around this place because of the respect and admiration and the love that everybody at the club has for what he’s done and for what he represents as a person for this club.”
What kind of role would he have?
“I cannot tell you now, but what I can say is I would like him to be much closer, personally to me because I think he would be a great help for the club and things take time.
“He has to dictate those timings and what I can say from my side and I can talk on behalf of everybody is that we would be delighted to have him much closer.”
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