As always during the first few days of an Interlull, it’s pretty quiet on the Arsenal front.
Unperturbed, we have dragged our fishing net across the bare seabed to see what urchins we could drag up; Monsieur Wenger, a former Invincible, a Brazilian doctor, two backup midfielders and some under-pressure international coaches…slim pickings.
It’s totally up to you whether you keep scrolling!
Jorginho on life at Arsenal and what his future holds…
Obviously, it takes time to understand the mechanisms better, Arteta gives you a billion pieces of information but I’m very happy there. I have grown a lot on the pitch, in experience. I changed teams, coaches, therefore I took in more information. I understand the game even more and how to compete. Competing does not just mean playing well, but also comes from experience. And this I try to pass this experience on to my teammates too. I’m not sure [about the future], I would like to return [to Italy] but I don’t know when the right time would be. I want to return yes, but I don’t know when, I feel I still have things to do at Arsenal.
Source: Italy press conference (via Tutto Mercato Web)
Sol Campbell on turning away from management…
I am not applying any more for jobs. I’m happy to be in a different space now and one I want to be in. Some of my peers have had jobs and it’s not worked out and then they have had opportunities again straight away, they’ve always had a lifeline. That is a nice position to be in. I am not in that position, I would love to be, but those situations are not coming to me. I would love to be involved in football and have chances, but that is not happening. You have to look at football in a different way and that is what I am going to start doing and hopefully it will work out and I will be able to help players, just in a different way.
Source: Press Association
Juliano Spalletti on his decision to recall Jorginho to the Italy squad
He was not called up the first time [in September] because he wasn’t featuring for his club. The second time, he had started two games from seven and he had been injured and subbed off. But he always had the desire to be part of this team and this is crucial. I had spoken to him and he expressed his affection for the Italy shirt. Now he is playing regularly and I think he is getting in shape. He is the Regista who tells the team where to go. He was named Arsenal’s captain recently. They were positive signals that got us to this decision. He was never excluded from the group.
Source: Italy press conference (via Football Italia)
Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar on coach Fernando Diniz’s decision to select an injured Gabriel Jesus…
We’ve been monitoring the player’s situation since he was injured. We’ve been in contact with the club’s medical department and with the player. He’s recovering from a muscle injury in the posterior of his right thigh. He’s adapting on the pitch and the fact that we’re bringing him in is Diniz’s philosophy to have him close, to monitor his day-to-day life. As soon as he arrives, he’ll go through all the assessments. We’re not saying when he’ll play, we’ve called up an extra player on this list, but he’s a player who made himself available from the start to play for the national team.
Poland head coach Michal Probierz on his squad selection policy…
I want the national team to include players who regularly play in their clubs. Only [Cagliari’s Mateusz] Wieteska and [Arsenal’s Jakub] Kiwior play less, but they also have some appearances in their teams.
Source: Poland press conference (via Przeglad Sportowy)
Mo Elneny on the support of his Arsenal teammates…
I can’t think of one time when I’ve needed my team behind me and I haven’t had them. They’re always there for me and we’re always there for each other. I think it’s something we have already in our culture in the dressing room and in the squad. When I was injured I never felt that I wasn’t part of the team. I never felt that I was away from the team. They’ve been brilliant with me – the club as well, and Mikel and all of the coaches helped me a lot. They’ve always been behind me.
Arsene Wenger on 50 per cent of coaches in Ligue 1 being foreign…
I think the proportion is not right at the moment, it is a little too high in France. That there is a share of foreign coaches is normal because they bring new ideas. I myself have been a coach abroad. But now that there is reciprocity in the recognition of coaching diplomas in Europe, there is nothing to stem this trend. What I want to say above all is that all this is not linked to the quality of the [French] coaches, but rather to the identity of the [club] owners.