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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
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NEW Apr 25 2017
The latest quote from Arsene Wenger is: “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.”. It comes from the Wenger 'sure' Arsenal won't sell Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rival article. You’ll find on this page 111 articles with Arsene Wenger quoted on topics such as Bayern and Europe. Arsene Wenger has been quoted 236 times in 111 articles.
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He would have been one of the strikers we have available. When you are a big club, you cannot guarantee anyone anything.feedback

The semi-final win will convince everybody that with the right energy levels and the right fighting spirit, the right togetherness we can beat everybody. Winning each of our final games has to be the target. We have to transfer the energy level we showed on Sunday to the Premier League. The top four is open to us but it demands consistency. That means we'll maybe have to have the perfect run-in.feedback

If he doesn't sign a new deal, will I make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell him to a Premier League rival? Yes. I don't think you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. Why not? The question is more why would you sell him to another Premier League club? You want to be as strong as you can be and not strengthen the other teams.feedback

I think he will sign and stay because, first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe. The disagreements are purely contractual – not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.feedback

Sunday will give us a lift for sure. But then we have to show we can keep that level of energy and that level of desire, of hunger in every single game until the end of the season.feedback

Honestly I feel when you see today how big this club is I feel just happy when our fans go home tonight and are happy. When I don't win the games I feel sad because I don't feel that I gave people what they want.feedback

I don't understand your question. The club is in a very strong shape. We have a very strong overall situation and a very strong team. We have shown that today. One day I will leave anyway, what's most important is that I'm sure Arsenal will always be a great club that everybody admires. We have gone through a very difficult period and we faced some adversity that made the situation more difficult, from inside as well. We have shown a united response, not a divided response.feedback

We have a very strong overall situation and strong team. One day I will leave and I'm sure Arsenal will always be a great club that everyone admires.feedback

One day I will leave. When you watch the stands, and see how big this club is, I'm just happy our fans can go home happy. We have gone through a very difficult period. We have shown a united response. What I did was to give the team more security [playing a back three]. We conceded three goals at Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace and we needed something for the players to focus on. I made some tough decisions this season., We have gone through a tough period. It's my job to get it right and when it does we are happy.feedback

I am very proud of our performance and of the spirit we have shown - I believe we gave a good answer to people who questioned that [spirit]. Overall we became stronger as the game went on. First half we were maybe a bit cautious and accepting to be dominated, but in the second half we became stronger and stronger. In the end we won the game. Of course it was a very tight game but I thought we deserved to win it in the second half. We went through a difficult period. I will talk more about that one day. But I think the players have shown great togetherness.feedback

I expect to go to the final. I've played 11 semi-finals in the FA Cup so that means it's a great experience and it's always special. I remember my first one at Villa Park against Wolves. It means a lot to our supporters, it's a special experience. We are focused and highly motivated. Maybe not at maximum confidence but it is a good chance to show we want to to go the final.feedback

It was more designed to give us a bit more defensive solidity because recently away from home we conceded too many goals. Ospina is out and Lucas is still out. They are longer-term injuries. Ospina could be back in 10 days.feedback

It doesn't play any part in that. The FA Cup is a very important game for me because it's the next game and because it's an opportunity to win a trophy this season. So, of course, we are all fully focused on that. My future is Sunday.feedback

In my head Ramsey was going to be a player between 10 and 15 goals a year. He is a Frank Lampard type. He is [about] getting in the box and he has a huge capacity to run. Physically, he has a combination of stamina, power and his capacity to repeat high intensity is certainly the best in the league. This season has been very frustrating for Aaron. I looked the other day, he has started seven games in the Premier League.feedback

When Ozil needs a breather you can play Aaron there, but he was not there earlier this season.feedback

He looked fit on Monday but I hope he will have a strong end to the season because he is an important player for me.feedback

When I realised that, it was unbelievable, but it's because of injuries – and not big ones. Every time it's a niggling one and when he came back from those – boom – a little calf – boom – a little hamstring. He has it all in the locker to be defensive and offensive. So that is for me a vital part of the game we want to play. We do not only want to defend, we want to defend and attack. These kind of players are very important. I also think he is at his best age as a midfielder when you look at it at the start of the season. He is a player who can take the role of Mesut Ozil.feedback

It's an option, yes. But what will I do? You will understand, I won't tell you now.feedback

It was more designed to give us a bit more defensive solidity because recently away from home we conceded too many goals.feedback

I didn't tell anything to anybody. My commitment is total and I'm only focused on Arsenal. It doesn't play any part. It's a very important game for me because it's the next game and an opportunity to win a trophy. We are all fully focused on that. My future is Sunday. I expect to go to the final. Somebody told me I played 11 semi-finals in the FA Cup and that means it's a great experience. I remember my first one against Villa Park at Wolves [in 1998]. That's the day I realised how big the cup is. It's a special experience.feedback

We needed to win. We were tested and maybe rode our luck on one or two occasions with crosses but we were committed and the back three worked well in the first half, we were solid. Now we have to win every game to have a chance of getting in the top four.feedback

We've lost a lot of direct fights centrally so it will get us a bit stronger in the air.feedback

It's [going to be] very difficult. I want the fans to support the team. I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are. It is understandable that they are disappointed. We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals. We knew what we would face. Their keeper took their free-kicks on the halfway line, so it was important for us to win the ball in the air, win the second balls, get the ball down and then play our game.feedback

What we say in the dressing room remains in the dressing room. They won more decisive duels than us. It's damaging of course but top four is difficult for us, it is a difficult defeat and it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four.feedback

Every defeat is a big worry. I've managed over 1,000 games and we are not used to this, it's a big worry. Unfortunately it is like that and we have to respond very quickly and not accept it. I am determined to put things right, the worry is not me, it is that we lost a big game and it is a big worry.feedback

I felt that we created quite dangerous situations but defensively we were exposed at times and offensively we couldn't finish. In the second half they were stronger than us but the second goal was unfortunate and the penalty killed our game. Benteke was up for it and he was a handful. I think they were sharper than us in the duels and in many decisive situations tonight. It's not the right moment to analyse the game, we had a lot of the ball and possession, but they won the decisive duels and they were stronger, especially Benteke.feedback

No, I don't think so. Look, I face questions about my future all the time but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it.feedback

When we've renegotiated contracts he has always given priority to that. I was surprised he was left out by England but there is competition there now. You have a young generation coming through, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. Jack Wilshere was left out and Walcott was left out – they are usually the people who are always in there. But Theo has the determination and quality to get back in there.feedback

He responds to challenges. It's the only way he knows. He's a guy who cares and wants to do well. He has a huge level of focus. Theo has improved his defensive commitment a lot compared to what it was before. He was sometimes a bit less focused on the teamwork. He shows huge commitment on a daily basis. I give a little bit of priority to the guys who know the Arsenal values, those who have been here for a long time. For me, loyalty plays a part when it comes to representing a club – and Theo has been very loyal.feedback

If you look at his career, Theo can respond to disappointment with good focus. He had a very bad injury and he came back. In 2006, he was in the World Cup squad but he has not been since – and we are in 2017 now. I have substituted him many times but it is like that with every player. Sometimes I sub him because we want something different in the game. For example, the other night against West Ham I subbed him. Given what has happened to him during his career, when the job was done I took him off because you don't need a stupid injury with 10, 15 minutes to go.feedback

I looked at his numbers the other day and he has played wide since the start of the season, has played 20 games in the Premier League and scored 10 goals. For a wide player that's quite positive.feedback

I personally think it's vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal. We bought him when he was very young and built him up. He has a great mentality and a good football brain and it would be big damage for us to lose this kind of player. Because he has not enough experience in that position. He's a player who likes to take the ball and go at people. He can lose balls but defensively he is strong in the challenge. He has that kind of robustness to deal with the body-to-body that is very important in the Premier League.feedback

In an inflationary market we have to consider the situation as a whole. We have to dedicate the money for everybody. First of all, we need to keep the good players. After, if they have the culture of the club, it is a priority as well but first it is good players with good mentality. Mohamed Elneny behaves really top class, like he has played here 10 years so you have to consider that as well.feedback

Yes, he does not have enough experience in that position. He is a player who likes to take the ball and go at people sometimes. I think that this will get out of his game.feedback

Looking at everything I've done in my career as a footballer, at all the titles, I believe that what's hugely important is motivation. If a footballer is well motivated and has various things to motivate him every day, he will keep achieving his goals.feedback

Conclusions are always definite in the modern world but things can turn quickly.feedback

My target is to keep all the fans happy. That is always what I try to do. If I don't manage to do it I am of course disappointed. We had three fans [at the training ground] on Tuesday, but when I went home we had 10 fans who were very positive. Unfortunately you [the media] picked the three who were here that morning. Against West Ham we were a united team who fought together. The continuity of our dominance and the quality of our team play was very good. Our passing was quite good, our combinations were good. Our concentration was very positive.feedback

I have spoken enough about that. I have nothing to add on that. I cannot tell you anything more than I said many times.feedback

No, I think the players first have to see are they happy at the club. After that most of the time it is down to finding an agreement - but finances are involved in it, yes. I feel we came out of a very difficult period. We have shown we are united, focused and determined to do things right again.feedback

Ozil and [Alexis] Sanchez are important players but everyone did well. You could not say any player had a bad performance.feedback

Finishing in the top four is a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible. The experience of having done it before will play a part of course, but I think it is just about sticking together and continuing to right. If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games.feedback

I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not fighting to not be relegated.feedback

That has nothing to do with you to change. That is something to do with you to improve. My battle in my whole life is to improve and to be better. That is evolution, not change. Change is the heart of who you are. That's difficult. Evolution? Yes.feedback

Err, I don't remember. No it is a good question. Nobody asked me who is captain. You never read about the performance of one individual person on the pitch, you read only about all the rest. Maybe the rest sells newspapers but it doesn't really matter. I think he had an old Achilles problem that he maintains here by working. He had that many times. When he goes with the French national team they work on different grounds, sometimes in hard surfaces and that made it worse.feedback

The problem in our game today is that what is superficial is the heart of the debate and the things that are important nobody talks about.feedback

Suddenly, for 20 years I've done it, and it looks always like it's nothing. Suddenly it becomes important so I'm quite pleased that people realise that it's not as easy as it looks. If you listen to Guardiola, he said the other day that 'to achieve the top four in England is a trophy, because it's so difficult. It is certainly serious because it is an Achilles. If he has ruptured a few fibres of his tendon it could be a few weeks. If it is just inflammation he could be available next week against Crystal Palace.feedback

I have been in this job 34 years and I have never met anybody who told me, You can afford to lose on Sunday. In your mind, you can never afford to lose. You are always focused on winning the next game.feedback

I hate defeat. But I can understand the fans that are unhappy with every defeat. But the only way to have a victory is to stick together with the fans and give absolutely everything until the end of the season. That's all we can do. Fear? No. My next game is about hope and desire.feedback

The self-esteem of a group is not set in stone. It's linked as well with the last results. The confidence linked with the last results drops but where the character comes in is the desire to fight against it and to fight together. And the natural tendency is to go a little bit into your shell and think a little bit more about you and not about the group.feedback

But that again, I told you, do I stay two months or ten years, I plan for. I do my job exactly the same.feedback

It would be an easy excuse. I said I know what I want to do. It depends on what soon means to you and what soon means for me.feedback

We have two games in hand [on Liverpool in fourth]. The games are coming thick and fast - our season will be decided by the next two months. We had a deficit against West Brom and I agree that something was missing there. Our future will be decided by our mental qualities.feedback

There is a very, very strong base but the team needs to be strengthened of course.feedback

It is a price to pay when you are a big player, sometimes you are unfairly treated. I think sometimes you are unfairly treated in both ways. When it goes well people go higher in praising you than they should and when it doesn't you get more stick than you deserve. We come out of a difficult period and we play at home in a big game. It is a big opportunity for us to bounce back. It is two teams that have the best numbers in the final third of the league so that promises to be a very positive attacking game. Both teams will attack, they go for it, we go for it so it should be a positive game.feedback

Ozil is in contention to start again. He played 20 minutes for Germany in Azerbaijan, he has come back focused and worked very hard this week.feedback

Lucas is a thigh problem and then that should be it basically. We got a message from Sanchez, it was a kick. Bone bruising. He could normally play. The only thing we didn't know was if the ligament was touched or not, but it was just a kick.feedback

In a very positive way. There is only one team in London, so he is happy! Yes I understand that [other interpretations], I have not a lot to add. I think personally he is happy here, [but] it is true we have not extended his contract yet. I hope that he will stay at the club but overall we have to be very cautious when people give interviews in their own countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say. I don't see anything negative in that. He wants to win the championship and that is what everybody wants. I can understand that completely.feedback

He's a great man, in my opinion. I'd like him to stay. He's always helped me and developed me as player. I don't think it's fair the way everybody criticises him. It's very unfair considering what he's done. He's always achieved fourth place, been in the Champions League and been up there with the title contenders.feedback

We have lost Petr Cech at West Brom – he will not be fit for Sunday. I think he could miss Sunday, Wednesday and maybe available again after.feedback

On every corner you can find a player who can play for a national team. When you look at players like [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Alexandre] Lacazette who are not even selected – that was not the case 10 years ago.feedback

When you put yourself in Deschamps' place it is a nightmare to select first the 20 best and then after the 11 best. That is not a problem they have at the moment in Spain. Germany as well is still there but maybe a little bit less strong than they were in [winning the 2014 World Cup in] Brazil. The upcoming force for me in international football is France. You find top quality players in France now like you did in Brazil 20 years ago.feedback

What happens here, the daily agenda of Arsenal, is very different from what I experienced in Monchengladbach. They are almost two worlds apart. Three consecutive bad performances and hell is unleashed. The expectations are huge: winning the Premier League, winning the Champions League and winning the cups! If you cannot do it, then criticism does not miss you, and it happens everywhere.feedback

He reminds me of a young Henry. He's got the same clever look, the same qualities of intelligence and the same deftness of finishing.feedback

You can basically say that if you don't win the Premier League then it's not a successful season, and I can understand that but you have clubs like Liverpool who have never won the Premier League who are a big club; Manchester City, Man Utd... this year it will be won by Chelsea. No matter how many there are, each year only one team wins it. Of course it will be a disappointment not to win the championship, but you have to go as far and do as well as you can.feedback

We have to fight to finish as high as we can and then let other people judge. My job is not to judge, it is to produce and let other people judge.feedback

How long I stay doesn't really matter because as long as I'm there I'm completely focused on what to achieve with the club. We're going through a difficult period in results, so I think it's much more important to focus and get it right again. We suffer a lot at the moment but when you take a bit of distance and put things into perspective; we have two games in hand, we're in a semi-final of the FA Cup, so our season will be decided by how well we respond to the difficult period.feedback

Barcelona's alleged interest in Bellerin is very hard to take seriously. He has just signed a new contract and still has many years left.feedback

A contract with PSG? I formally deny that. That is fake news. I formally deny that.feedback

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 which is to bring out the best in others. I am focused on getting to the next level, trying to improve, trying to see what you can do better and reinvent yourself.feedback

We lost Petr Cech in the first half with a calf problem and after we lost, of course, Sanchez. He stayed on but in the second half he was not himself so I decided to take him off. His ankle doesn't look good.feedback

Chile go to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week. If it is only a kick he will play. His ankle is swollen. If a ligament is damaged he will not play.feedback

We focus on analysing where we are not good at the moment and correct what didn't work.feedback

Our record on defending set pieces is quite good this season, but we were a bit naive on their movement. They blocked our goalkeeper both times.feedback

He can influence games. He is a focused player and he was not picked for the European Championship. Always in life, you try to get to the next level when things don't go for you – or you think you did everything right and continue to live like you did before. He had the right response. He said: 'What do I need to do to get higher up?' And he did it.feedback

I believe everybody looks at his squad and tries to find a way where the game is most efficient and we developed one way. It is not the only way, I respect every other way as long as the referees get the rules respected. [But] I saw some footage last Sunday; you cannot say any more it is football, it is rugby on the goalkeepers [rather] than football.feedback

I watch many games. For example on Friday night I watched the last 20 minutes of Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona again. It is interesting once you see all the conclusions that come out of the game. The same people that speak after the game said with 10 minutes to go that PSG were absolutely outstanding and 10 minutes later they were absolutely rubbish. It is always interesting to take a distance, because people keep your eye and brainwash you with what you think is right.feedback

The importance of the game has become bigger. You can't escape any more. No matter where a player goes today it is talked about. You have so many news channels.feedback

We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup. How many times have we been? You have to accept that nothing is good enough, you have to live with that. Get out of that heated atmosphere and look at things in an objective way. Sometimes it confirms what people say. Sometimes it doesn't. It is down to me to take the right distance - people are right and people are wrong as well. I managed about 2,000 games and might know a little something about the game as well. No matter what happens in the future you will always lose games. I can't guarantee we will win all the games.feedback

You cannot live in an isolated world, because when you are a football player, even if you don't read, people tell you what people say. Like in your job as well [as journalists], when you write an article people say 'that's rubbish', that's great' or 'that's not great'. You cannot live in a world where you cannot be influenced by everything. Maybe 30 years ago, the guy who lost a game has one journalist who went with the players to the pub and had a beer after. And sometimes two and three, four, five or more.feedback

The team performed well against Bayern and I wanted to give them the chance to regain their confidence. The players didn't let me down. I think we had an outstanding performance as long as we were 11 versus 11. We collapsed in the second half against Bayern, but when you are down to 10 men against a quality team... it is not a football game. I wish you'd sit in my seat for a while and then you would realise it's impossible to keep everyone quiet. But we try. The criticism wasn't justified from our last match. I watched this game three times now and the referee killed the game.feedback

I didn't want to gamble, I knew it was important to win the game. The team performed well against Bayern and I wanted to give them the chance to regain their confidence. The players didn't let me down. I think we had an outstanding performance as long as we were 11 versus 11.feedback

It's not conditional, it's just how I feel it's how the situation is. I focus on my job. I always did that. I let other people judge my performances, I always did that. I am not too worried about all the rest. I just focus on trying to win the next game and getting this team to perform.feedback

I don't work for my image. I work for this club and with full commitment, that's what I do [and] after [that], how will I be judged in one way or the other, it's not too much my problem.feedback

I thought we played very well. We put Bayern under pressure. The second half was a very difficult situation for us, when you're down to 10 men and have to score four goals against a quality team.feedback

I don't know. You always write for headlines, I am here to speak about football not my future. I think tonight there was no uncertainty in our game. I felt that we played very well and it was more the decisions of the referee who killed the game.feedback

It's just not serious. When you see the importance of the games and you see an attitude like that I am absolutely revolted and sorry for people who come and pay a lot of money to watch this kind of game.feedback

We are 1-0 up, it's a 100 per cent penalty on Walcott, Lewandowski's offside, there's no penalty on top of that, you get the red card, of course that killed us. Overall it's difficult to understand what's happened. I still must say my team has produced a huge effort tonight and played very well. He is offside, Lewandowski, there is no penalty, on top of that he gives a yellow card, on top of that he gives after a red card.feedback

I think this club is in a great shape but at this moment it is going through a bad situation. What needs to change is the result in the next game. Is the uncertainty affecting the club? No. Tonight, there was no uncertainty in our game. I felt we played very well. It was more the decisions of the ref which killed the game. It's irresponsible from the referee. We have to stand up and give all kind of explanations but at the end of the day that is the reason for tonight's result.feedback

We produced a performance with the spirit and pride we wanted. After that the story finishes badly. We were really unlucky because it was a 100% penalty at 1-0 in the first half on Walcott. In the second half the ref killed the game. He was very, very powerful for Bayern. Lewandowski was offside and it was not a penalty and, on top of that, he gives us a red card that kills us completely.feedback

Bayern are a good side but they can say thank you to the referee for the decisions in the second half. It leaves me very angry and frustrated. Even more so because we are in a difficult period. It is absolutely unexplainable and scandalous. I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn't change my mind. It doesn't make them right. The players have not let me down. The referee has let us down.feedback

Football is not only about fight. Yes, it is part of it, but not just that. It's also the freedom to go for it, the freedom to play. We have to earn our freedom to play because at the moment we play a little bit with the handbrake.feedback

We live in a world of small margins and if you drop off a little bit it's down to belief. On the confidence front, it always looks like you do not want to fight, but these players want to do well and I believe that 100%.feedback

You can miss 45 minutes and we paid for it. So we have to show 90 minutes of commitment. We finished top of the group, PSG finished second and they beat Barcelona 4-0. Why? Because Barcelona missed their game [in Paris] completely. Everything is a negative at the moment. Basically, the teams that have gone out in the group stage are happy, but we have gone through and we are in crisis.feedback

You have to take a bigger picture and see, can you take this club to the next level, take yourself to the next level. Are you ready to pay the price for that. But as well this decision is not necessarily linked with two weeks out of 20 years. I don't feel I boxed myself in a corner.feedback

It is really down to us now to make the first step to make our fans proud of ourselves again. That is really something that we need the emphasis on. I have not come to a decision yet. I will wait a bit and see how the season finishes here.feedback

The players have to perform and the board chooses the manager. I think we are in the best football club in the world and we have to show pride and commitment to defend the pride of this club. It is not about the politics, we are not in a political club here, we are judged on performance. I have to perform and the players have to perform. The players are ready to fight. We live in a world of small margins and if you drop off a little, it looks like you don't want to fight.feedback

If I ask you, Is everybody in your company behind you?' I promise you I would find someone who is not happy that you sit here and would like to be in your position.feedback

It is your bosses that choose if you are here or not and that is why I can understand that when the results are not there that I am criticised. But it is not down to the players to choose the manager.feedback

I don't think Mesut Ozil is ready physically to be in the squad tomorrow. He should be okay for the weekend. He only had one session yesterday.feedback

Yes, [reports of a falling out with Sanchez are] completely false. I understand you have to fill newspapers and I respect that. We have to accept that. Alexis Sanchez has 15 months on his contract so the decision on whether he is here will depend on Arsenal Football Club.feedback

[To play] direct – I mean to win the balls in the air, winning the second ball. We sometimes play that way. For example, in this game.feedback

I've been asked this question many times in March. So we just have to focus on the next games and turn up with performances.feedback

I don't think there's a need to go into any individual explanation. What was good in the second half was our collective performance.feedback

What was not good in the first half was our collective performance. That's for me a much more rational explanation than all the rest.feedback

My regret is to have lost the game and especially in the first half, for the first goal we conceded from a direct kick from their goalkeeper.feedback

I felt we were a bit unlucky and a bit unlucky with some decisions as well. You watch the situation and you give me your opinion whether Emre Can should have been sent off. Or you ask the referee, that's even better. You go directly to see him. No, I did not go to see the referee after the final whistle. I do not need explanations. The situations are the situations. Explanations will not change anything in the situation.feedback

I just think that I have no special regrets.feedback

Yes [Sanchez] had an impact in the second half]. But I felt the strikers suffered in the first half because we did not dominate in midfield. Things were easier in the second half. You could see that Welbeck and Giroud did much better in the second half.feedback

We had problems to get in the rhythm in the first half. We were not really at the races. We conceded cheap goals, direct balls from the goalkeeper. You do not expect that in a big game like this.feedback

We got back into it in the second half and responded well. We had opportunities to get back in it. But we did not perform at our level in the first half.feedback

He suffered a lot from the loss of Cazorla because Cazorla in deep midfield can get you out of pressure. He gets the ball played through to a player who is higher up and then Ozil is a player who, with the timing of the pass, with the ball at the right moment, he can always do damage. He had 17 or 18 assists last year, he has less this year, but especially his numbers dropped as I told you since we had less collective possession in deep midfield, provide less ammunition for the high midfield.feedback

But I do not want to make a debate about one player. It is not Ozil alone who will win us the game. It is a strong team performance.feedback

There has not been any contact. I care about my team. When you have the level of experience that I have, you have a good measure of the level of anxiety within the team. We were under pressure. It's different because you're more mentally tested than anything. We responded in a united, strong way.feedback

I felt he gave everything. He came back from South America. I didn't see any negative body language. It's the way he is you know.feedback

But you are right, we didn't make any chances, and we didn't make enough of our corners.feedback

We did try to go direct, by which I mean I wanted the goalkeeper to kick it straight to the strikers.feedback

We lacked pace in the first half, we were not at the races. We were unlucky with some decisions in the second half. I did not seek explanations from the referee because explanations will not change the result.feedback

Özil has suffered a lot from the loss of Cazorla. Cazorla can get out of pressure in deep midfield; he gets the ball played through to a player who is higher up and then Özil, with the ball at the right moment, can always do damage. But I don't want to make this a debate about one player. It's not Özil alone who will win us the game.feedback

I think confidence plays a part. If you want to park the bus, then you lose Özil. He is a guy who needs possession. With possession, he is a marvellous player.feedback

That is what we want to add to our game. What is most important for me now is the attitude to just go for it – to go and take. What is linked many times with belief is a passive mode and not enough proactivity. You have to make things happen. It is always a mindset. How do I bring it out in the players? By making them conscious of it.feedback

But I just think you have to focus on the way we want to play and on the desire to win, to fight and to take the opportunity you have to show your quality. After that, the recent history being negative, that doesn't help. But you have to be strong enough to deal with that. Things can change very quickly at the end of the season with many big teams playing against each other. It is very difficult to predict how many points will be needed [for a top-two finish] at the moment. We are in the mode now where we want to win our next game.feedback

It is even more important because we have not done well recently in these kind of games. For us, this kind of game at Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take. We have to go and take it and not wait for the result. The result comes with a 'taking attitude' and that for me is the most important, that we go to just start on a positive attitude. As for the consequences for the rest of the season, of course it will have vital consequences.feedback

It is always high intensity, very competitive. Anfield is a special place where the fans are behind their team, where their team plays at a good pace.feedback

If you look at their team, their squad, they have very good players, so 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

At the moment it is more important that we focus on winning our games and focus on our next game rather than dreaming about coming back to Chelsea.feedback

Andries has been at Wolfsburg before. They knew him and they took advantage of the fact they know him to attract him there.feedback

We have a game in hand and things can change quickly, but we have to focus on our next game. To do a thing like that, you need exceptional rhythm in your results and, as well, Chelsea to fade.feedback

We gave him permission to go, but with a promise that he will come back if there is a possibility to come back here. Overall, I think it is part of his education to become a coach, to have this kind of experience. Hopefully we can use that later at Arsenal. Freddie has done extremely well with the under-15s here. I was in touch with him constantly during his experience there. Wolfsburg is a good opportunity because they have the third [highest] budget in the league.feedback

They look at the moment in full confidence, powerful, strong and they don't concede goals. The title is theirs to lose. They are in the best position, they don't play in Europe. They can wait every week for the next game, they can prepare properly and they are in a very, very strong position.feedback

He is a guy who works much harder than people think - his body language goes against him sometimes. We are a team who wins it back high up with Sanchez and Ozil, and he does his job very well.feedback

I don't give [Ozil] leeway - when the team has no possession he has to do his job like everybody else.feedback

You try to ask yourself how to get to the next level, where you can improve, what can you work on. I have done that since I was a kid.feedback

Life is movement and evolution and competition, and in competition if you stand still the others move forward, so there is an evolution. That is always existing, and you have to move with it.feedback

It is a strange season, because it escaped from us in moments.Not a lot, but every time it was a fraction that was for the other side. It started at Everton in December where we were 1-0 up and lost 2-1. And then in the next game at City we were 1-0 up, and the same thing happened. Things went against us and we could not respond. It is a weird feeling. When you have my age, what is important is to have a project in life. And my project is always to find myself.feedback

It's true that we need a positive result from Bayern but that positive result only has an impact if we win, so let's focus on what we can do.feedback

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