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Unai Emery faces the press ahead of Wolves match

by Koolkola

Arsenal prepare to welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Sunday. Wolves got a draw at the Emirates last season after leading the match for a long period.

Unai Emery addressed the press ahead of this crucial match. He spoke about a range of topics from the Xhaka situation to Mesut Ozil and how much of a task it will be facing Wolves.

on how big the Wolves game is now…

Good afternoon. Again we are going to play at home, with our supporters, and it is the same objective, which is to win, but above all we need in the 90 minutes to connect with our supporters. It is very important to do that.

on how Xhaka is…

He is training normally with the team, he didn’t play at Liverpool and he is continuing and above all has remained focused on tomorrow.

on looking after Xhaka…

The first is the person. The human like everyone feels [emotions]. Xhaka’s issues last week is one issue that needs time to recover the normality with him and with us.

on the abuse players have to deal with…

Everybody maybe will have some social media on their phone, on the internet, on the web, but really to use it is only to be intelligent. We can respect the people on social media but also we have to separate how much is real and [whether or not] every supporter is following that. For me, the good response is how the supporters respond in our stadium. We have a lot of supporters around the world and we respect them but the real response is in the stadium. In the stadium sometimes, it is normal when we are not winning that they respond with some criticism. It is normal. To the coach, to the players, but also a lot of players receive that criticism in the stadium and then when you recover and when you come back with a good performance, they forget that and also they applaud the players and the team. This is our objective, and our objective tomorrow is to win, connect with the people and the supporters to respond to us and help us in the 90 minutes. This is our target tomorrow.

on whether Xhaka can redeem himself to the fans…

Okay, I want to finish with that. He said sorry, he gave the apologies to the supporters, to everybody. Now the focus is on tomorrow’s match.

on what he expects from Wolves…

They are a very strong team and their defensive structure is strong and tough to play against. Last year we drew here against them, and their transition is an amazing transition. Their structure is to play with that transition and then when they play, they can build up, they can use the quality players they have. It’s going to be a difficult match and it’s our challenge. We are preparing, we are working to improve our things and I am looking forward to seeing our team respond with our supporters at Emirates tomorrow.

on whether Xhaka is still captain…

We were waiting for his statement on Monday ahead of the last press conference here on Tuesday. The next step is tomorrow’s match. The focus is tomorrow’s match. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. It’s not in my mind that he will play tomorrow.

on whether Xhaka will play tomorrow…

He’s not in my mind. I think that tomorrow, he is not going to play.

on whether that’s because of what happened…

Because I think that now, we need to be focused on the match 100 per cent. Now we are going to train but at the moment, he’s not in my mind.

on whether he’s concerned the team could be distracted by talk about Xhaka…

Tomorrow I want to speak about the other players who are going to play.

on Ozil and Martinelli…

It is very important to use lots of players because we are playing lots of matches, and it’s a challenge for them to show how they can help us. The performance was positive at Liverpool and I am thinking how they can help us tomorrow.

 

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