On young players and what gives him confidence to use them against Olympiacos:
It’s part of the process. You don’t know until you expose them. They can have the best of intentions but they need to go to a stadium like this and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again. I want to see that in my players whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But from what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on the field, they’re responding really, really well and that’s why I’m hoping and I’m sure they will do the same tomorrow.
On if he’s concerned with the intensity of league and European games:
Well that’s why we have a big squad and we can rotate the players. But physically, the games in Europe won’t be any more demanding than the Premier League, that’s for sure. If they have to do that every three days then it can be an issue, but that’s why we have to try to adapt and choose the players that can perform in each game and have always in mind that we have to rotate some players to have the balance physically.
On whether he has interest in Konstantinos Tsimikas:
I’m sorry, we don’t discuss any interest in any players that don’t play for us. Sorry.
On the 3-0 win here in 2015 and if Arsenal is trying to deal with that inconsistency five years on:
Well, obviously the results in recent years show that. To compete with the top teams, the demands at the moment are so, so high. You have to win the league with over 100 points in the Premier League. That was unheard of before or in any other league, probably apart from maybe Spain. But this is where we are, that’s the challenge. That’s the consistency that we need to be looking after and that’s the demand that we have to put to the players. To every day play with that mindset, with that urgency and always working on every detail that makes the difference.
On whether he would have preferred an earlier kick-off:
Yes, but the time difference is what it is. We try to adapt the trip in the context that we have at the moment and we bear in mind that we want the players in the best possible condition after the game, to be able to recover as quickly as possible to play against Everton.
On if this game will be one where he rotates his lineup:
We’ve had a break of 15 days and we’ve played just one game. So tomorrow I’m going to put out a team that I think is the best to play. Then the rest of the games will take care of themselves. You cannot control that sometimes you are thinking about resting somebody and in training he gets a little issue or he gets sick. So tomorrow we are going to put out the team that we think is the best to play Olympiacos and the rest of the teams and games will follow.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
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