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We have a few still in contention. They’ve been evolving really well. Tomorrow we have another training session. We’re hopeful that we’ll have a few back and that we can put a very competitive squad out there.

How’s Saka?

Yes again he’s been recovering this week and he looks OK.

Celebration Police. Did the reaction surprise you?

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No, because they told me today so I didn’t know anything about it. But I love it. I’ve seen managers at the Emirates, away (at other stadiums) on their knees inside the pitch. I’ve seen very big managers going across the touchline in the Premier League. Personally, I love it because it brings such a passion and emotion to the game when it’s done in a natural and unique way. I think it’s great but it’s my opinion and other people may think something different.

What did you make of Odegaard celebrating with Stuart MacFarlane?

That’s something that happens because they have relationship that comes from what they do every day here at the training ground. People are entitled to have their opinions when you do something publicly. Some of them will be positive, some of them not so positive. Our job is to accept all of that and then behave the way you think is the right way to behave and make sure we don’t lose that.

Such a big win the reason?

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Yeah, but last year we went through a lot of games with managers and teams celebrating a lot. It’s so tough to win in this league. For sure it was a big match for us and you could tell how much it meant from the (first) whistle. The stadium and the atmosphere was very different already. It was a great day.

What do you think of blue cards?

I don’t know when we’re going to get there. I think we’ve got a lot going on with decisions, with technology, with what is coming. I don’t know if we are ready for that yet.

Is it a good idea?

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Who knows. Hopefully it’s going to be tested very well before they introduce it at this level.

VAR say they’ve got 96 per cent of decisions right. You were on the end of a mistake though. Where do you think we are with it?

Well if they’ve done that analysis and there’s improvements that’s a really positive thing to hear. That’s what we’re willing to hear and what we expect.

Is VAR the future?

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That’s not in my hand. At the moment it is and we have to play with those rules. As those stats show we’re going in the right direction so let’s keep going.

West Ham was the first of three defeats in a row. What helped you bounce back from that?

First of all seeing the reaction of the players, the staff and our supporters. You want to be a certain team. But if somebody wants to be different because we lost then we are not who we want to be or who we say we are. What I said is let’s keep going in the same direction, doing things better and more efficiently then the result will come. That’s what we did.

What’s hardest about facing a David Moyes side?

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He’s a really competitive manager that understands really well how to get an edge in the game. He does it in a really good way. He knows when to wait for the moments in the game to punish you. When you see what he’s done at West Ham it’s incredible.

Is this the ruthless Arsenal you want to see in the last few games?

For sure. Playing with more and more aggression and scoring goals. The amount of goals that we share in the squad is important. Especially because we have lost big players this season for long periods and we’re still competitive.

Why hasn’t it worked for Phillips at West Ham?

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I’ve got enough to make sure that our players click.

Are we in danger of over-complicating football with blue cards?

I don’t know. I think everything has been done with the intention to simplify it and make it more clear. To try and improve decisions that are hard to make in a split second. Hopefully everything is done to improve the game and if that’s the case then let’s try it.

Is some of the coverage Arsenal get unfair?

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I don’t agree with that. In my life, what I’ve heard in the last five days it’s all positive. Do you want to hear the negative part or the very positive part? I think it was a lot of positives and hardly any criticism. If you focus on the criticism then you only see that, depending on your perspective. I think it was a positive reaction from our people, from other managers I got so many texts. Every time I walk in the street it’s lots of pride and a lot of compliments to the team for what they did. I don’t have that impression at all.

How excited are you about what more is to come from Martinelli?

Yeah, especially because he wants more. He’s not satisfied. He’s not satisfied when he does really well. He’s not satisfied when you put him on the bench. Only good things are going to happen to him.

Are you hopeful that Jorginho’s contract can be extended?

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I’m really happy with him. That’s all I can say. The contract situation is more for Edu and the board to manage. But his implication and his capacity to affect big matches is great.

Do you think Odegaard is being appreciated as a playmaker even if he’s not getting many assists?

Absolutely. Not only that but his overall performances. His aggression without the ball. The influence that he has on our team every time we get to certain areas. The leadership skills that he’s developing day in day out and his attitude. I think he’s developing really well.

Without the stats do you think that stuff would have been appreciated as much from the outside without the stats?

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You know a lot about the players now and what they do. Probably much more than before. I think it’s a good source, but probably not the only source to judge a player I think.

Will West Ham be too soon for Partey return?

He’s progressing really well, but it’s a bit too soon to tell you exactly when we’re going to have him back.

Same with Jesus?

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No, no update.

Would you like to keep Jorginho personally?

I’m really happy with him that’s all I can say. When we imagined what he could bring to the team, he’s doing exactly that and maybe even better.

All this celebration talk – do you think there’s any relationship at all between the way a team celebrates any win at full-time and their maturity to win the title?

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If I think when I have won Premier Leagues somewhere else, the answer would be: ‘big no.’

Why?

Because I have experienced it. That’s it.

So there is no correlation?

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I’m not saying there isn’t. My experience says no but maybe someone says ‘my experience, yes.’ Mine says no because I have seen how to celebrate..

Declan Rice – didn’t get a great reception last time at West Ham, probably won’t again – surprised by it?

It depends. I always say when you come back it is very difficult because the opponents are focused on giving support to their own team. But as well, I have seen so much appreciation starting from the club when he left, what they did for him, the way people talk about him and that is very important as well.

Can you tell us anything about Prince William or Tom Cruise?

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What do you want to know? I can tell you about the Air Ambulance charity and the work they do, the amount of lives they save, the amount of support and commitment they need from all of us to continue to have that service. Unfortunately the government cannot provide today and if you want to have a better and safer city – because this can happen to any of us at any moment – I just feel my skin like this [goosebumps] because I’ve seen videos that you cannot believe. Just support them as much as possible because they are a life-changer and in these moments you need someone with that expertise and what they do is incredible.

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