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'Pabo Mari had an amazing game here'

We extended our unbeaten run on the road to 11 games on Monday night as we beat Portsmouth to secure our place in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

Afterwards, David Luiz faced the media to discuss our display, playing alongside Pablo Mari and more.

This is what he said:

on bouncing back from the Europa League defeat…
I think it’s really important to continue what we’re doing every single day. We are improving a lot but you have to be humble and we understand we are not there yet. We have to do the similar kind of things, in our last game we did amazing things, but we lost. This is football. Of course, we have to understand why we lost and tonight I am so pleased for the team, with everybody, with the young boys because they are improving a lot, every single day. They have a great mentality, and they understand what is high level, and in high level you have to bounce back every single week. You have to be ready to react and you have to be ready to understand the importance.

on keeping a clean sheet and Pablo Mari’s debut…
It’s great, these kind of things we have to learn. I think we did great tonight, everybody was 100 per cent focused and we didn’t concede. I’m so happy for Pablo, he’s a great guy, a great player and he had an amazing game so we are here to help each other and we are here, 25 players, ready to play, ready to play for Arsenal and ready to give the best job. When it’s like that it’s a pleasure to play football as I will say to the guys, especially to these young lads who are starting football. They are starting with a great opportunity at a big club and they are doing great, so it’s a pleasure to play with them.

on being a senior player…
I am the oldest in the team! Inside, my heart is young forever.

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