How will your role as first team manager change from head coach?
“My title has changed a little bit but I’m just here to try to do my job as well as possible. It’s always nice to be recognised from the club for the job that I try to do but I just want to help the club to do the right things. When I have to be involved, great. If I can work in any area, great. I just want to bring this club to be the most successful in this country as quick as possible in a sustainable way. That’s my ambition and we have to do it together.”
How would you describe Arsenal’s summer so far? Transfers and the team’s overall development…
“Well, a very strange mini pre-season with a lot of external factors [which were] difficult to control. Today [September 11] is the first day we have the full squad training together for the pre-season. Just the day before we play the first game but we’ve been trying to put [in] the work that we needed. Obviously without some key players for different reasons. Towards the market and our squad, we bought Willian and Gabriel [Magalhaes]. Two really good recruitments in my opinion and two players that are going to improve our squad, but a very complicated market so far.”
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No David Luiz or Sokratis. Does that change your plans formation-wise?
“We have a few issues around the squad and that’s something normal that we try to adapt. We’ve been trying with the players that we have fit at the moment, it’s not ideal to start the season with key players out. But again, we have enough players, really good players and tomorrow we will put the best possible plan to win our first game.”
How have Gabriel and Willian been training? Can we expect to see them?
“They’ve been training really well. They’ve been adapting quickly, they are really excited to be here with us. Really good energy from…