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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery on Ivan Gazidis speculation, Mesut Ozil and more

PUBLISHED: 14:05 13 September 2018

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday. Read on for the full transcript of what he said from Layth Yousif at London Colney.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery. PAArsenal head coach Unai Emery. PA

Emery has been talking about Ivan Gazidis, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and much more.

On the international break…

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery. PAArsenal head coach Unai Emery. PA

Today, the training in the afternoon is the last session. We are going to work with four players. They played on Tuesday, it is Xhaka, Lichtsteiner, Welbeck and Sokratis and I want and I hope that they hope that they come back well and prepare for the match in Newcastle.

On where he is looking for the team to improve against Newcastle…

In the process, and firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won. Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively, and it is clear this process is one process. Saturday is another step we can do, it will be difficult but I want to continue [to show] our personality on the pitch and impose this personality on the opposition and to find the win.

On how Ozil will benefit from retiring from international football…

First the players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team. The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.

On whether he missed international duty this break…

The first time, maybe, he could feel different but every day with us in the work, I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands every day.

On his relationship with Ozil…

[We get on] very well. Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances. Also I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], ‘Don’t put water on the pitch’ - it’s not true! This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn’t say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it’s not true. We are continuing our process with our positive things and our work.

On Ivan Gazidis speaking to AC Milan…

First of all, every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day. I don’t know any other news from him.

On Nacho Monreal and reports of a new contract offer...

First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga. After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal. After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level. The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team.

On Aubameyang and Lacazette playing together or as substitutes...

It’s the same. It’s a process to know the combination on the pitch, with different players but I need and I want to start in the level, 11 players with good performances and also, we need in the balance of players, when the team needs to work in the pitch to help the team to find the win, to stay with the performance. The reason is that I am very happy with the last two victories in the Premier League and also with the performances and I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes.

On Ivan Gazidis’ future and saying that they talk regularly…

I answered this question and every conversation with me is speaking about us. About our performance. About our ideas. Our process. Then, for his future we didn’t speak. I think it’s one question for him.

Follow Arsenal reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

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