How have you found playing at left-back?
Yes it’s quite a different experience. Of course I did it before and played there at Southampton for a few games. It’s a little bit different to be play on the right but we need to have this capacity of adapting and if the coach needs us there we need to be prepared. This is what I try to do, to be ready for it and try to adapt my qualities for this position and help the team to achieve the best result that we can get.
Are you confident you can challenge Hector for the right back slot?
If I didn’t believe I could play I wouldn’t be in football. I came to Arsenal to help. I’m always available to play any position the coach needs me to so I’ll be ready to fight for any position if the coach believes I can help the team.
Do you think getting into the Champions League will be achieved by winning the Europa League?
I think we need to go step by step. We have a tough game tomorrow. Benfica is a very strong opponent. We know about this and we have to first win our game and go step by step. It’s still very far away and we still have a lot of points in the Premier League to challenge and we will be fighting for every point.
What do you think about away goals still counting?
Yes, it was a solution that UEFA found for the game to be played. I think it’s correct. We are here to play the game. We need to be ready for it. It will be tough and in another stadium that’s still a very nice stadium and I’m sure it will be a good football match.
What do you think Gabriel Magalhaes’ main qualities are?
Yes, Gabriel is a very good player. He is very strong and is helping the team like all the other players as well. Gabi has been very good since he joined Arsenal. He’s a strong and physical player, also quick, and we are helping eachother as well. He speaks the same language as me, he’s been very good for the team and I’m sure he’ll keep growing as a player in Arsenal.
It won’t be an easy game against a strong team like Benfica?
100 per cent. We know about the qualities of Benfica. Like you said it will be a Champions League challenge. Europa League has many qualities with a lot of teams like Benfica. We want to show we can win this game and we are ready for it. We just need to show it on the pitch.
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What have been your first impressions of Odegaard?
He has been excellent. He’s a very nice guy. He’s talking with everyone and speaks lots of Spanish, so he has been talking with everyone. I think all the team is welcoming him very well. He had a good game in the last game, when he started. I think he had a good game. Of course we won the game so everything was positive. Right now, I just have positive things to say about him.
Arteta has mentioned he looks reserved but has impressed with his leadership and character. Do you share that opinion?
He’s a calm person but I think he’s bringing a lot of quality to the squad and he has been excellent. I’m sure he will keep growing as a player. He has a big future ahead of him.