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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery on Mesut Ozil, Europa League, Reiss Nelson, Lucas Torreira and orange juice

PUBLISHED: 14:29 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 31 August 2018

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking at London Colney. PA

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking at London Colney. PA

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Sunday. Read on for more.

On how much progress his team is making in adapting to his philosophy…

Good afternoon. It’s a lot [to take in] but it’s usually the things we need because we’ve only played three games. The pre-season is important but we didn’t have every player. After, we need to know the combinations with the players. We want to do the high pressing against the opposition. Then after this game I analysed it with the players. We started the match well but then we lost the control for moments in the game. Then we finished the last 20 minutes really well. I am very, very happy firstly with the three points but then also how the team worked to win this match and how we finished the last few minutes. I want to continue that in the next match this Sunday against Cardiff, a different game, but just to continue our momentum.

On our Europa League draw…

First it’s three teams and we’ll have the recipe for them. After this, we want to go far in this competition. Each match is different and each match involves a lot of travel. For some, the travel is very long but it’s like that. The adaptation for these three teams needs to be positive and we need to face them with ambition and our interest to do well in the competition.

On long trips on Thursday nights…

When you play two matches in a week, you have more time to prepare for the matches, to prepare the players physically. When you play three matches in a week, it’s hard. There’s less time to prepare for the match and work physically, but we want it like that. We want to play three matches in a week with the league and the cups. After the international break, we are going to play a lot of matches. In this moment, we are not playing every player in this squad because we’re only playing one match every week. But I am sure we’re going to use a lot of players after this international break.

On Mesut Ozil…

He’s training normally with the group, in every session this week. We started on Tuesday and every day he has been training with the group. He’s OK. Also I’m looking at him well every day.

On reports of them not getting on…

I know there are lots of journalists who are working in the TV and the media. The news is not true. In my career, I do not stop for news when it’s not true. When the news isn’t true, it isn’t true.

On Reiss Nelson…

It’s a very big chance for him and the level there is important. We think he needs, because he is very young, he needs to take a new level to play, a new level also to take minutes, to take experience and it’s for that reason we were speaking at the club with the coaches about this possibility. And also, with him, we decided together: club, coaches and the player. It’s a good chance for him to take minutes in and play, and then come back with us because I think he is signing a new contract with us.

On whether more may leave today…

I think it’s not a possibility for more than one player to leave. Maybe young players there will be possibilities. Only one young player for the same situation with Reiss to take minutes at a big level.

On whether it is true that he has banned fruit juice with high sugar levels…

Yes, this is true. I only changed, I like fruit a lot and I like fruit juice. But with a lot of sugar? Not very well. It’s for that and when I was very young, my father was coming every day with one fresh orange fruit juice. I like in my life, more of that. It’s for that, when I arrived here, I asked only for that from the cook. And the players, I think, are the same. They prefer their orange juice fresh.

On whether Lucas Torreira is close to starting…

I am very happy with the player and I think every player can play. They also are working very well every day and demanding me with their works, to start the games. I like this spirit and also the possibility to play for the first 11 is okay. Then there is a possibility to stay in the match and then play. Every player, I am really, really very happy with how they are working and not only with Lucas, but for all.

On Europa League being a priority or not…

The experience has given me different situations and different moments. I’ve learned from every moment in my career, the same in Spain at Almeria, at Valencia, at Sevilla, at Spartak Moscow, at PSG. Now I want to continue working to improve in my career. Each match, I think for 90 minutes against the opposition, and prepare the match in the best possible way with my players and also with respect for the opposition and play with our personality and our idea. We need to have this idea on the pitch for the 90 minutes in every match. With that, Sunday is a very important match for us, a very important three points, and difficult because they play in this stadium with their supporters pushing a lot and they are also a very big side to play against us.

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