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Can you give some more detail on what’s happened
with Sead Kolasinac? I don’t know, the doctors are assessing
him still – he had a normal session yesterday. He has been in some discomfort, we know this
season that he had some little niggles, so we have to assess him and see if we can get
him fit for Saturday or he will be out. Any update on Lucas Torreira? Very similar situation. He trained yesterday
as well, but still not 100 per cent confident so we will have to wait and see again. What is the nature of his injury? It is something related to his hip, producing
some pain in the muscle. I don’t know. He is a tough boy, he wants too train, he wants
to play and hopefully he will be available for the weekend. Any update on Hector Bellerin? He has been training with us for the past
few days, he is looking much sharper, much better. He needs a little chunk of training
sessions before he is ready to compete but he is looking much better. I”m happy with him. Anything you want to update us on with transfer
news? I have bad news for you guys, I have nothing
to say yet! Any truth in John Stones rumours? No, no truth at all. AC Milan’s Franck Kessie? No truth at all at the moment. Are you short defensively? We have a lot of issues at the back, the fact
that Calum got the big injury is modifying our plans. It is what we have, the situation,
it can happen between December and January, it is very common. We have to live with it,
this is what we have. We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I am sure
we will. They will try their best, and I will try to select the ones who in my opinion are
the best fit for that game. Do you have a chance to improve things in
the January market? Yes, but it has to be the right player, in
the right context that financially we can compete and we can attract and all these factors,
if you put them together, are not easy in this market. Do you have a wishlist? I have, yes. You need to have one always,
just in case! Do you have an update on Aubameyang’s ban? It has been confirmed that he is going to
be suspended for three games. So we’re not going to have the player for the next three
fixtures. It’s a big shame and a big loss for us, because as well we know Auba’s intention
when he plays. But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have
to accept it. What will the team will miss most about not
having Auba involved? Auba has been around, he was very sad after
the game. He was disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It’s an action that
is completely accidental in my opinion. He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really
well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player
on the team. So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us. Does the team plays worse without him on the
pitch? I don’t know. I haven’t experienced it. I
hope not, I hope we can play better and even win the games and he will be pushing for that
as well. Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there,
they have to take responsibility. I’m sure when they’re not playing, they want
a chance and they talk. It’s time to talk on the pitch, not outside. You come on there,
you make the impact that he made and you sure me that you are as good as him or even better.
You have the chance. What you will you focus on against Sheffield
United? I’ve been very impressed. I’ve seen a lot
of games and everything is prepared. Everything they do has a real sense, they are really
difficult to break down. The solidarity in their team is incredible, how hard they work
for each other and they have very clear principles – in attack and in defence, restarts of play,
set-pieces – with what they want to do. So it will be a very difficult test. I already
warned the players today. How much of a concern is Lacazette not scoring
for a month? It’s a concern for me if he’s concerned about
it. In relation to his performances I am really happy with him and the way he contributes
with the team. He’s setting up and creating situations for the rest of his teammates,
his work out of possession has been phenomenal and he missed chances in those games that
meant he could have had four or five goals easily which is a little bit strange. But you have these up and downs.
I’m really happy with him and he’s still going to be a very
important player for us How can you help him? You can help him by talking to him and giving
him confidence, but that ball has to end up in the net. I think that’s the best medicine
for strikers. What we have to try to do is put Laca in positions where he can have as
many opportunities to do that as possible during a game. Could Martinelli get minutes in Aubameyang’s? He’s having an impact every time he’s
coming on, but it’s not just him. It’s others players like Reiss and Nico too, so
whoever players there on Saturday has to step in and has to be thinking that they need to
make the difference for the team. Is John Stones is the type of player you’d
like at Arsenal? John is a player that I really like and I
followed. We signed him when I was at Manchester City and I worked with him for many years
and know him well. When I look at centre backs he has many attributes that I like from one,
but we’re not interested. Is Dani Ceballos still in your plans? Yes. Dani had an injury where he was out for
almost two months and had to go to Madrid for his rehab. He came back and in the first
few weeks I didn’t think that he was physically at the level to compete for starting games. It’s true that I have players in that position
who have been performing really well, and last week when I believed that he was ready
to step in, I decided to pick another player. But he’s been training good, I’m happy
with him and I know him really well, so there’s no issues there. What is your opinion on Chris Wilder? The work he’s done is phenomenal and he’s
done some special things as well with some movements and characteristics of how he moves
his team around, and the demands that he puts on his players. What I like about a manager is when I see
a team and they are a real team that fights for every single ball with their attitude
and behaviour, as well as their intentions for what they want to do every time. It’s
very clear what he’s trying to do, so I big admirer. Will you be happy if Arsenal don’t sign
anyone? I’m happy we have the squad that I believe
we can compete for what we want. I’m fine. I want to keep the players and get the maximum
from the players that I want, but if this scenario changes and we need somebody, I’m
expecting that we will go into the market and try to solve the issue. Who will be captain will be Saturday? That depends on the team selection.

Robin Kshlerin