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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week we have spoken about mental problems.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe.feedback

He has done very well. In the future I see him being a successful central midfielder. But at the moment I feel this role has suited him well for first of all he can use his power and it suits him well as well as he is facing the game when he gets the ball. I think he is one of the players that has developed very well mentally. He's more positive, more confident, more mature and he was sometimes a bit negative with his own performances and on that front he's much better now.feedback

It looks like we will have to win our remaining games.feedback

It was more precautionary, it was not for a bad injury. We will test him today. It's a foot injury but it's a kick.feedback

It is strange because I feel that he always grows during the game. The difficulty of the game always makes him more focused. He starts sometimes and has problems to get into the game and during the game he becomes stronger and stronger and more determined. I think he adapts to the difficulty. He tests and he finds the way himself during the game to become dangerous.feedback

He can always turn up with something special in the game. He has the individual quality to make the difference.feedback

He has been remarkably efficient. I felt that he had a very good spell when he played up front. When he plays on the flank, he is more a provider than a goalscorer. At the moment he plays in a mixed role between the flank and the middle.feedback

Any updates on your future? Any idea when you will tell us? Will what happens in the remainder of this season decide it?feedback

No regrets, I think transfers are part of the game, successful or not successful. I don't think there was anything I could have done differently. We did what we could do. He made his decision and I respect that.feedback

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

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

It looks like we will have to win our remaining games. That has to be the target. To achieve that, we have to win the next one. I think the next thing we have to achieve is to transfer the energy level we showed on Sunday to the Premier League. We started well at Middlesbrough, so let's continue that against Leicester. It's open – but what it demands from us is consistency in the results now until the end of the season. It's still possible, but that means we'll maybe have to have a perfect run-in.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

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.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

I want them to enjoy to play together and to play for the club and reach the targets that we set for them together. Football is a team sport and as manager your biggest joy is when you feel you have a real team performance and that was the case. That's why I'm happy.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

This injury is nothing to do with the extension of his contract. We haven't entered into any negotiations.feedback

We think it's a very simple fracture and it doesn't need any surgery. He'll be back in July for normal training. We need patience and let's hope it all goes well.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

I felt it added a bit more stability on the long balls, we've recently been punished with that. We let them have the ball a bit more than we're used to. Against Palace and West Brom, we had 70 per cent of the possession and we lost.feedback

Despite sometimes difficult situations, or some situations that lack clarity, we are professional people, our job is to perform and we can still perform.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

I focus on doing well what I can do, I think I learned to focus on what I think I can influence and what is important. I get in a little bubble and just focus on what I think is important, not too much what people say, even if I respect the opinions of everybody. I have to dedicate my energy to being efficient with what I do and that is what I try to do.feedback

The fans want to be behind the team and the way we respond on the football pitch will decide the attitude of the fans. The fans love the club. . It's a good period to be united and not divided. Historically Arsenal has been about that. One of our values is to be together. There's no better period of the season than to show it now.feedback

The players are focused and they are conscious that they want to respond [to the Palace defeat]. They accept completely that we were not at the level.feedback

I agree that for a while he was not the Hector Bellerin we had seen at the start of the season.feedback

He is ready to play with pain and I think it is [unfair]. He has not come back to his level since he has been injured. I think for a while he was [still feeling pain]. Then you get bad habits and you forget that your job first is to defend and win challenges because you protect yourself a little bit. Then you realise you have to come back and I think now he is trying to focus again on what is important, to defend well and afterwards he can give us that extra bit [going forward] that is important as well.feedback

I'm very happy because it rewards a very strong season if you look at the numbers. I believe a combination of goalscoring and assists is a sign of the quality of the player.feedback

We have a chance to get Cech back in the squad and Koscielny is training. If the tests are positive then they will come back in the squad. [It's an] 80 per cent chance. At the moment it's pretty good but sometimes the 20 per cent plays the villain part in preparation.feedback

It's massive. We might get there, we might not but we have to believe we can do it. It's not the fear to fail, it's the desire to make it.feedback

I like Marc Overmars but he's director of football at Ajax. I'm sure there are plenty of other candidates - I'm not worried about that. You spend a lot of time focusing on things that are superficial. In football, it's about one thing: good players on the football pitch. That's what you have to take care of.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

Honestly, I am disappointed. After such a long time, to see that we've lost a game the way we've lost it is of course very disappointing. I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me, it's more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one.feedback

From the start onwards, in the decisive moments of the game, they were sharper.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

The defeat is damaging, of course, but I'm disappointed and determined to put things right. Honestly I'm disappointed tonight so much. To see us lose the game in the way we did … that's very disappointing. It would be 'inconvenient' for me to speak about my own future tonight. It was more painful for us to lose this game in the way we lost it.feedback

No, I wouldn't say that. Maybe the fact that we've lost a few away games. It's really strange … we were unbeaten for a long time away from home and now we cannot win away from home. It had an impact on us after the second goal. The top four is very difficult, certainly.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

He is one of the guys who sometimes is too harsh with his own performance. You can see he is blaming himself on the pitch sometimes when he misses something. You can see sometimes the fact that he is still in what he has missed when he gets the ball again. He works on that and I think he has improved a lot.feedback

I personally think it is vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal. We bought him when he was very young and we have built him up. I like his mentality and he has a good football brain. It would be a big damage for us to lose this kind of player.feedback

He is offensive; you can see he is a guy who can get out of pressure. He has a dribbling skill and acceleration that can get you out of pressure. He can penetrate. Sometimes on the flank he is out of the game but in the middle he is more focused. He needs to be involved in the game.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

We have to keep them all. Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gibbs. All these players we have to make decisions and manage to keep them together.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

[Ozil was affected] because he is very ambitious - he wants to win the Champions League and he has come out many times saying that. If you look at the two games if you take the first 45 minutes in the two games we are qualified but then we went out in such an emphatic way. It was difficult to take for everybody and maybe more for him because it a big part of his ambition. He cares. What I wanted to say is that people often reproach him by saying he does not care because of his style of play, but he cares much more than people think he does.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

From the club. I have nothing to add. Of course [I am planning for pre-season games], but no [that does not suggest anything] - that suggests that I do my job, which is to plan for the future of the club. I cannot tell you now [if the announcement will be before the end of the season] because I don't know. I'm focused now on the next game.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

We come out of a difficult period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly. We are in the final sprint in the Premier League. Consistency will be very important. We have a little handicap on the points front. We have fewer possibilities to drop points.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

We were unbeaten for 19 games this season, and I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not finishing to not be relegated, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season.feedback

It is three guys. Honestly. Why should I waste energy on that. It is good that they can waste their day like that.feedback

He has one-and-a-half years [left on his] contract. I don't understand that debate. Our job is to perform as long as we are here. I do not understand this kind of anxiety. It is absolutely denying what a professional guy is about.feedback

Everybody has an opinion today. What is important is guys who can influence the results stick together.feedback

I am a professional and when you are a professional you perform in ideal conditions and non-ideal conditions. I love to win football games and I just focus on that. I work for my club with honesty and integrity. I am not scared and accept the judgement of the people. I focus on what I think is important during the game.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

If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games. We have played 20 games unbeaten this season, and I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not fighting to not go down, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season.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

Retiring is for young people. For old people, retirement is dying.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

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

I don't know if I am in a much better place. I am just in a place that I don't want to be. I just lost a big game. And I will play another one that I absolutely have to win. I am focused and I know what to do. I managed enough games that I know that in football you have to go sometimes through tricky periods. I think as well a very difficult period is a good opportunity to show what you are about and for the team to show what they are about.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

It is a strange season because we played 20 games unbeaten, our offensive numbers are very good but I cannot sit here and say we have no flaws and no weaknesses in our team because we have – the results are there.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

I personally believe both of them want to say and I hope the club will find an agreement with them.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

That's why I think that France has an exceptional potential and maybe could take over.feedback

He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him.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

I approached him last year because I really believe that he has an exceptional future ahead of him.feedback

At the moment we do not have an agreement. We've decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it during the summer. It's the same situation with Ozil because, when once you don't find an agreement and it lasts, it's not good for them, so it's better you get it out and sit down during the summer.feedback

My job is to make 100% of people happy and I think if you look at where the club was when I arrived and where it is today, I'm quite proud of what I did for the club. Today, we live in a period where people are very demanding and I can understand that, but I know as well that I've guided this club through very difficult periods where there were very little resources and I always managed to get the best out of the team and that's what I'll do as long as I'm at Arsenal.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

It is not true. That is what you call fake news. I formally deny it.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

You will know soon. Very soon. It will not necessarily be linked with that because I've done the top four 20 times.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

I know what I will do in my future. You will soon know, very soon. We do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we have not had for 20 years and that is more important for my future.feedback

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

We take all responsibility. It's obviously a big disappointment when you lose a game like that. We all have to take responsibility and prepare for our next games. It's very worrying because we are not used to that [four defeats in five] and overall we have a hell of a task now to fight back. We need to regroup and of course focus on the games coming up because there are many big games. Everybody goes away now [for the international break] and we have to recover and prepare for our end of season.feedback

We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will, of course, depend on that. On the rest, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall those are our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see.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

I was always convinced, because of the quality of his runs, he was a central striker. For a while he was as well but he made up his mind during the summer break and he feels more comfortable on the right.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 watch many games; and it is interesting when you see all the conclusions that come out.feedback

It is always interesting to take a distance; people brainwash you with what they think is right. You have to accept that nothing is good enough. Sometimes it confirms what people say. Sometimes it doesn't. It's down to me to take the right distance. You don't necessarily always need to agree with everybody. I managed about 2,000 games – I might know a little bit.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 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

With Iwobi, in the morning they called me and said he couldn't play. Welbeck at 5pm in the afternoon felt sick. We still tried to play him. It could be a bug, I don't know. I will leave the doctors to do their work.feedback

It's possible [we have sickness bug in the camp] at the moment, yes. We have a little problem in that front. I don't know if it is bad. The uncertainties are Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up for sickness. The other one is Alex Iwobi on the day of the game. He couldn't turn up for the same problem. Everyone else should be available. I haven't decided about the team that starts on Saturday. I always decided to play the team that has a good chance to qualify. Will continue to do that of course.feedback

I haven't decided yet [if Ozil will play]. He still felt not too well after the game. Now we will see in training how he feels.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

We want to give ourselves a chance by attacking and scoring goals but no matter what happens, our pride and honour to compete for 90 minutes [is at stake]. . It's a team sport, our game is built on collective expression and not one individual. Sanchez played in all the games when we didn't perform away from home we lost as well and that is what I think is the most important, to perform as a team.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

Alexis Sanchez has 15 months on his contract so the decision on whether he is here will depend on Arsenal Football Club.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.feedback

This is normal [that there are rumours about his future], like with all players.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

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

[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

Desire was there. It's not the lack of the desire. It's to play with a little more freedom, to want the ball, to create.feedback

No, but… it's down to Spurs as well. They were sharper than us. We were a bit too restricted and didn't play with enough freedom. That favoured Spurs. We are not completely back to the level of confidence you need to play with freedom. Because the players realised it was a big game. The two together did that.feedback

It was quite an even game until they scored the first goal. Straight away, the penalty for 2-0, you could see mentally we were affected by that. From then on Spurs looked more dangerous than before. It took us time to recover.feedback

Well done to them. When you start the championship, the target is not to finish above Spurs, it's to win the championship. The biggest disappointment is not to be in the fight for the championship. In 20 years, it happened once. Mathematically it has to happen once. We are not happy with it. But we are not comparing ourselves to Spurs, we're comparing ourselves to where we want to be.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

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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