On reacting to joining the first team squad and helping the youth players to improve:
That’s a complicated question but yes, when they asked me to do that job in the summer, like I’ve said before it was an honour. Of course I worked hard and I tried to do my best and it’s always nice to get recognised for the work you do. What I understood was as well, how I tried to make the under-23s play and how we developed young players like the man here [Joe Willock]. But then if you say how do I do things, I try always to look at each individual player and see what his strengths and weaknesses are, and I ask how can I develop that player to become a better player and not just to do the same to every single player. I think every coach does the same thing and that’s what I try to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And if I can add one thing, it’s probably to say that I try to see what players can do and not focus on what they can’t do.
On hearing feedback from senior management:
Everybody was in the dressing room after the game, except for the owner because he was not in the country. So of course, they were very happy with the result and celebrated the victory with all of us.
On if he’s worried about a lack of interest in the game tonight:
Of course it’s a very important game for us. We know what’s at stake and we think they will probably come at us because they need to win the game. Of course, in the Premier League in December, we play a lot of games so regardless of who was here, it was not the game, sometimes we have to change. But we have a lot of respect and we definitely don’t take it lightly. We want to win the game and get a result and play in Europe for the rest of the season.
On what he knows about Standard Liege:
They are a club and a name who are well known in Europe. So I knew about them beforehand. I saw them when they played in London obviously and you could see that they tried to play football. I like how they play football, it’s nice to watch and I watched a lot of videos of how they play and try to come up with a game plan which hopefully doesn’t suit them. But I have a lot of respect for how they play football and they have a great coach as well.
Will Arsenal get the win over Standard Liege?