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on Mohamed Elneny
It is complicated a little bit but we are working hard on it and hopefully in the next two or three days we will get to the end of it.

on Mathieu Debuchy
He has an opportunity to go but he as well has not been in touch with any club.

on Troy Deeney link and Ox to Chelsea rumour…
Yes [it’s not true].

on whether Elneny will be the only signing…
The only one? I don’t rule out anyone else, but he will be at least one signing that comes into an area where we are short at the moment.

on whether Guardiola’s ‘three-year blocks’ suit Arsenal…
Anything is suitable. Every manager has his own way to run and model his career. There’s not only one way as long as they give their best to the club where they are. What I think is most important is that anybody who works for a football club gives full commitment. How long does it last? Nobody knows. I didn’t plan to stay here for 20 years.

on Guardiola being the right man for Arsenal…
I’m very pleased that you care about our club and my succession but it’s not my job to talk about that and not your job to make this decision. I can only make sure of one thing, that the guy who comes after me finds the club in a very strong position with very good players in a very good, strong financial situation. I hope I can convince you that I can do that.

on Serge Gnabry’s situation…
He’s on loan at West Brom, a year-long loan.

on if the loan will be cut short…
We have a commitment. The player wanted to go there. We have a commitment with West Brom. If they want to cancel the loan, they have to contact us and speak about it. But at the moment, we are not there.

on Arsenal being top of the league without Alexis
You compensate for the absence of quality players with different styles. Sometimes with more physical commitment, more solidarity, because you’re conscious that you have less individual potential to change the games. We can make up for it but in the long term it’s always better that you have all your players available.

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8 Jan 2016