Arsene Wenger will not leave Arsenal quietly this summer

On the mood…

We are very disappointed because we lost an important game. We need to first recover from the disappointment and then prepare for the next challenge, as always, together.

on what Arsenal need to do differently against City on Thursday… I felt it was a very tight game until the 2-0. When you look at the end of the game, Man City had three shots on target and we had two. So overall, I believe that we have to turn the decisive moments in our favour and play with more freedom than we did. I think we played a bit apprehensively and that is important that we go into the game with that force that is part of our game and our philosophy.

On Nacho Monreal…

He is out for the two games this weekend Thursday and Sunday, certainly out. He might be out for two more, Milan and maybe even one more. He had an inflamed back, a disc problem. The rest, everybody is fit.

On the rest of the team news…

Everybody is fit, yeah.

on how he lifts the players after Sunday… Well when you do not get the result, it’s part of our job. Part of our job is to respond and to focus on the next game. You want only to win games, it’s not always possible, so it’s the way you respond. I believe that [we need to] analyse well, focus on the next one and respond together in a united way, which his part of our philosophy at the club.

On the criticism and his response…

Look, we have to live with that. It’s part of the modern game. People who comment, their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond, how we analyse the game and how we respond in a united way. All the rest is part of the game that you have to live with. It doesn’t help us to win or lose the next game. What helps us to win the next game is how we respond internally together.

On what gives him belief in his players… 

The belief? You cite only the games we have lost, but we have won many games. What you forget is we were in the final. Nobody has put us in there on invitation. We had to fight very hard, we had to knock Chelsea out in the semi-final, over two games. That shows you that the team has quality and can fight. It was two tough games. 

We have not played weak opponents to get into the final. It’s not available for everybody to get there. After that, you have to say as well that we played against a team who dominate the Premier League by 15 points, so you know that you go into a final nobody can guarantee you to win. You can win and lose – you have not to accept it but you know as well that can be part of the game.

On if his position will be reviewed at end of season… 

My position is my position. Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to focus, to get the team ready for tomorrow’s game.

On if there will be a review at end of season… 

I just told you, I just gave you the answer of what my way of thinking is. It’s the next game. We are in that kind of situation where you want to focus on the next game. I don’t ask you if your position is reviewed at the end of the season.

On that being why he is asking Wenger a question… 

Yes, but my job is to focus on performing and my job is to perform. It’s for other people to judge me, it isn’t for me to evaluate that.

On if in the interest of clarity, he is expecting to remain in charge next season…

I just told you the answer. If you need clarity, I can repeat exactly the same answer. Exactly, that’s the clarity. Does it stop you to sleep that my position is uncertain or would not be certain, or is certain? No. What is interesting in football is the performances of football, the game you will see on Thursday night. That is what is important. All the rest may make headlines, but it is not really interesting.

On whether he can accept that if he doesn’t say anything now he’s just leaving the door open… 

No, look, I am just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same. I am here for 21 years, I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts. So I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.

On Jack Wilshere’s contract…

It’s progressing.

On if he his hopeful…

Yes, but the decision belongs to him. At the end of the day you have to respect the decision of the player. Our desire is clear, is expressed, is numbered and after that, the player has to find satisfaction as well.

On seeming to be happy to surrender possession in the cup final and whether we’ll do that again tomorrow… 

Look, we did that in the semi-final of the cup and it worked. I would just like to remind you that the possession was 57-43, so it was much more even than what you say here. 

We had less of the ball in the semi-final and we had beaten them, so if it was as mathematical as that, we analyse well our games and overall I believe that yes, we always have the ball because you cannot stop them completely from having possession as well because they are top quality. As I told you, they dominate the league at the moment and there is a reason. You have to accept that. 

I am quite amazed how people analyse that. It looks like we have lost against bottom of the league in division five. We have lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. Yes we are unhappy, yes we are disappointed, yes we are not happy with our performance. 

But we have to take perspective and I think that means sitting back a little bit, analysing it well with a distance and then coming in and committing for the next game. I think we lack a little bit of perspective in our analysis.

On if he wants to use perspective, we lost to a team in Sweden we were expected to beat….

But again, there is no perspective. We won 3-0 in the first game, what you want in the two legs is to win the game and I accept we had a big disappointment on Sunday, but you cannot come out with the game against Ostersund because we qualified.

On that game being important in terms of generating feel-good factor and keeping people quiet… 

Yes, but as I told you, what is important is what’s happening to the club and the team. My individual or personal future, or how long I will stay at the club, is less important.

On whether he is a better manager now than five years ago…

That is for me, but for you as well – don’t forget that. How do you judge that, only be results, the quality of work? The problem of a manager is to take the best out of a team and how can you rate that, how can you evaluate that? 

The only thing I can tell you is that I try to be a better manager than I was five years ago and I put the effort in to be a better manager than I was five years ago. After that, if you say to me that you don’t agree then I can understand that but the effort, the heart and work is behind it.

On the effort the players made against Man City…

Yes, of course [they gave me everything]. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough – that is a common response that you get, you always get that. 

You have to analyse whether that is the serious problem in the game, did we lose the game because of that – I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.

On criticism of the players walking…

Yes, but you could find that on both sides. You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think, you find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track. After you have to analyse why, has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different. 

I believe we have to live with that criticism and respond together like we always do. We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence, you have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight. You have to acknowledge as well that Man City are a quality team.

On whether what we do next season depends on qualifying for the Champions League…

I don’t want to come out always on that, I have answered that already. Yes, I answered that question. Our target is to qualify for the top four, of course.

On whether he is under pressure to get a top-four finish…

What I want is for us to focus in a united way and respond tomorrow with a good game and win the game. 

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