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‘We want to make a statement when we play here’

Katie McCabe praised our form after we stretched our unbeaten home run to 15 competitive matches with a victory against London Bees on Wednesday night.

The Republic of Ireland international scored a hat-trick in the 9-0 victory, which saw us progress to the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

We spoke to McCabe after the match and this is what she said:

on returning from injury…
The injury was unfortunate, it was just something small and just a niggle which was quite frustrating. Then I got ill on top of that. We were saying last week that I had killed two birds with one stone, by kind of missing the one game. I was buzzing to be back and I was delighted with how the team performed tonight. The young kids came in as well and they’re doing great as well so we could give our old veterans a rest tonight to be ready for Sunday.

on the home form…
This is our home, we want to make a statement every time we play here. It’s a terrific park to play on and it allows us to play our football. Obviously with the 11-1 game against Bristol City standing out this year, it was fantastic although it was the one game I missed out on! We want to make it hard for teams to come here and we want to make it hard for teams to beat us. At the time, our only loss in January was annoying but we’re looking to make it hard now for teams to come here.

on Joe Montemurro’s absence…
We do miss his head being around, his big smiley face and his presence. Aaron and Lianne have come in and done a terrific job this week and we’re looking forward to finishing the year on a high now on Sunday.

on the match against Everton…
Yeah of course [we expect it to be tough], it was a tough game last year as well. They do make it difficult and they’ve started the season really well, Willie Kirk is a good manager and he’ll have them really well organised. They have some good players in their team so it will be a tough game on Sunday but we’re looking to finish on a high this year.

on maintaining the high standard across all competitions…
Of course it’s important. The competitiveness, even in training, we could be killing each other at times but in a good way. We just demand the best from each other and that’s what creates a winning team and we have that winning mentality. It was frustrating for us to lose in the final of this tournament last year so we’ll be looking to move on into the next round with confidence. Hopefully we can regain the trophy this season.

on the group stages…
It was great [to top the group], of course we lost in the Continental Cup to Brighton on penalties and after that result we wanted to make a statement and finish top of the group. It was by all means not easy tonight, we needed to come out and perform because we weren’t going to be gifted the three points tonight.

on the feeling at half-time…
We knew we needed to come out and not be complacent. They had threats up top and great pace in behind, so we really needed to manage the game. We had the quality going forward but we needed to make sure we were solid in defence as well to get a clean sheet.

on scoring a hat-trick…
I was getting some stick from Beth [Mead] before the game because I hadn’t scored yet because I’m playing in a deeper role this year. I’ve not been up too far on the pitch and Beth, Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne [Miedema] have been scoring all the goals so it was nice to get up and running with the three tonight. What’s important now is going into the next round, not my three goals, it’s about the team’s performance.

on the defensive performance…
Anything can happen in cup games, they were quite quick but I think our defence was solid enough to deal with what they had. Even Louise Quinn coming back in after not playing a lot of games did a terrific job as captain as well. It’s been great to have her and Emma Mitchell back on the pitch.

on the changes to the team…
It’s not hard to adapt with different players. It just shows the strength in depth of our squad, we’ve been trying to play with each other every day in training so we’re quite used to it.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

Arsene Wenger
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McCabe – Why I’m so demanding of young players

Katie McCabe praised our form after we stretched our unbeaten home run to 15 competitive matches with a victory against London Bees on Wednesday night.

The Republic of Ireland international scored a hat-trick in the 9-0 victory, which saw us progress to the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

We spoke to McCabe after the match and this is what she said:

on returning from injury…
The injury was unfortunate, it was just something small and just a niggle which was quite frustrating. Then I got ill on top of that. We were saying last week that I had killed two birds with one stone, by kind of missing the one game. I was buzzing to be back and I was delighted with how the team performed tonight. The young kids came in as well and they’re doing great as well so we could give our old veterans a rest tonight to be ready for Sunday.

on the home form…
This is our home, we want to make a statement every time we play here. It’s a terrific park to play on and it allows us to play our football. Obviously with the 11-1 game against Bristol City standing out this year, it was fantastic although it was the one game I missed out on! We want to make it hard for teams to come here and we want to make it hard for teams to beat us. At the time, our only loss in January was annoying but we’re looking to make it hard now for teams to come here.

on Joe Montemurro’s absence…
We do miss his head being around, his big smiley face and his presence. Aaron and Lianne have come in and done a terrific job this week and we’re looking forward to finishing the year on a high now on Sunday.

on the match against Everton…
Yeah of course [we expect it to be tough], it was a tough game last year as well. They do make it difficult and they’ve started the season really well, Willie Kirk is a good manager and he’ll have them really well organised. They have some good players in their team so it will be a tough game on Sunday but we’re looking to finish on a high this year.

on maintaining the high standard across all competitions…
Of course it’s important. The competitiveness, even in training, we could be killing each other at times but in a good way. We just demand the best from each other and that’s what creates a winning team and we have that winning mentality. It was frustrating for us to lose in the final of this tournament last year so we’ll be looking to move on into the next round with confidence. Hopefully we can regain the trophy this season.

on the group stages…
It was great [to top the group], of course we lost in the Continental Cup to Brighton on penalties and after that result we wanted to make a statement and finish top of the group. It was by all means not easy tonight, we needed to come out and perform because we weren’t going to be gifted the three points tonight.

on the feeling at half-time…
We knew we needed to come out and not be complacent. They had threats up top and great pace in behind, so we really needed to manage the game. We had the quality going forward but we needed to make sure we were solid in defence as well to get a clean sheet.

on scoring a hat-trick…
I was getting some stick from Beth [Mead] before the game because I hadn’t scored yet because I’m playing in a deeper role this year. I’ve not been up too far on the pitch and Beth, Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne [Miedema] have been scoring all the goals so it was nice to get up and running with the three tonight. What’s important now is going into the next round, not my three goals, it’s about the team’s performance.

on the defensive performance…
Anything can happen in cup games, they were quite quick but I think our defence was solid enough to deal with what they had. Even Louise Quinn coming back in after not playing a lot of games did a terrific job as captain as well. It’s been great to have her and Emma Mitchell back on the pitch.

on the changes to the team…
It’s not hard to adapt with different players. It just shows the strength in depth of our squad, we’ve been trying to play with each other every day in training so we’re quite used to it.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

Arsene Wenger
This news item was provided by the Arsenal FC News Feed website - the original link is: http://feeds.arsenal.com/~r/arsenal-news/~3/FYD5cB3GCRg/mccabe-why-im-so-demanding-young-players

Champions League: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham await last-16 draw

Liverpool won the European Cup for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in June
Champions League last-16 draw
Date: Monday, 16 December Venue: Nyon, Switzerland Time: 11:00 GMT Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Liverpool and fellow English sides Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham will find out who they face in the last 16 of the Champions League when the draw takes place at 11:00 GMT in Nyon on Monday.

Holders Liverpool and City will go into the draw as seeds.

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the other clubs to reach the knockout phase.

This season's final is on 30 May at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

How will the draw work?

The teams will be divided into two pots, with the first consisting of all of the group-stage winners, the other all the runner-ups.

No team can face another club from the same country or a team that they played during the group stage.

That means that Liverpool could not face Tottenham, Chelsea or Napoli. Manchester City would also avoid their fellow English clubs and Atalanta.

The seeded group winners will play away from home first, ensuring they have home advantage in the second leg.

The last-16 ties begin on 18-19 February and 25-26 February, with the second legs scheduled to take place on 10-11 March and 17-18 March.

Who is in which pot?

Pot one:

Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Paris St-Germain, Valencia

Pot two:

Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid, Tottenham

Who could English clubs face?

Liverpool: Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid

Manchester City: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid

Chelsea: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, RB Leipzig, Paris St-Germain

Tottenham: Barcelona, Juventus, RB Leipzig, Paris St-Germain, Valencia

Champions League calendar

16 December: Last-16 draw

18, 19, 25, 26 February: Last-16 first legs

10, 11, 17, 18 March: Last-16 second legs

20 March: Quarter-finals and semi-finals draw

7, 8 April: Quarter-finals first leg

14, 15 April: Quarter-finals second leg

28, 29 April: Semi-finals first leg

5, 6 May: Semi-finals second leg

30 May: Final


This news item was provided by the BBC Sport - Football website - the original link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50749661

Standard Liege v Arsenal preview: team news, goals

Freddie Ljungberg gave an update on our injury situation when he faced the media in Liege.

Our interim head coach also spoke about selecting a young squad, his immediate future, how he tries to develop players and the threat that Standard Liege will pose.
 
Here's some of the key quotes from Wednesday's press conference.
 
on the injury situation...
Of course, it's not good. We got one in the warm-up at West Ham and then another full back [got injured] in the game. But it's just one of those freak things. One is to the head [Granit Xhaka] and one is a shoulder [Kieran Tierney] in a tackle. You can't do much about it, but of course it puts a strain on the squad. But that's how it is.

on selecting a young squad and if there's a risk of undoing recent work...
We have a few injuries and we've played a lot of games lately and we have another game again on Sunday. But I think we've brought enough, we've brought a lot of firepower here and we have some younger players that have as well played earlier in the group stages. It's not just now, they've been playing the whole time so it's a big game and we're here to get a good result and we have a lot of respect for the opponent.

on speculation over Carlo Ancelotti...
I have been asked these questions a lot since I took this over. I try just to concentrate on my job and that is to try to win football games and to get us to play better football. What the club decides to do or who they choose is totally up to them. I stay totally out of it.

on if he feels like he could get the job if he impresses...
Again, that's not a conversation I've had with the bosses. My job is to go from day-to-day, game-to-game and try to help this fantastic club. That's what I try to do and all those decisions are up to the top dogs.

on how he reacted to joining the first-team staff and how he's developed our young players...
That's a complicated question but yes, when they asked me to do that job in the summer, like I've said before it was an honour. Of course I worked hard and I tried to do my best and it's always nice to get recognised for the work you do. What I understood was as well, how I tried to make the under-23s play and how we developed young players like the man here [Joe Willock]. But then if you say how do I do things, I try always to look at each individual player and see what his strengths and weaknesses are, and I ask how can I develop that player to become a better player and not just to do the same to every single player. I think every coach does the same thing and that's what I try to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And if I can add one thing, it's probably to say that I try to see what players can do and not focus on what they can't do.

on whether he's heard any feedback from senior management after Monday...
Everybody was in the dressing room after the game, except for the owner because he was not in the country. So of course, they were very happy with the result and celebrated the victory with all of us.

on whether he fears that there could be a lack of interest in Thursday's game from the players...
Of course it's a very important game for us. We know what's at stake and we think they will probably come at us because they need to win the game. Of course, in the Premier League in December, we play a lot of games so regardless of who was here, it was not the game, sometimes we have to change. But we have a lot of respect and we definitely don't take it lightly. We want to win the game and get a result and play in Europe for the rest of the season.

on what he knows about Standard Liege...
They are a club and a name who are well known in Europe. So I knew about them beforehand. I saw them when they played in London obviously and you could see that they tried to play football. I like how they play football, it's nice to watch and I watched a lot of videos of how they play and try to come up with a game plan which hopefully doesn't suit them. But I have a lot of respect for how they play football and they have a great coach as well.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

Arsene Wenger
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Takumi Minamino: Liverpool agree January transfer deal for RB Salzburg attacker

Liverpool have fended off competition from Manchester United to agree a January deal in principle with Red Bull Salzburg for Takumi Minamino, who has a paltry release clause of just £7.25million.

Christoph Freund, sporting director of the Austrian champions, told The Independent this week that the 24-year-old is ready to accelerate his development at one of Europe’s elite clubs after five years of service. 

Liverpool’s excellent off-field relationship with Salzburg - their new £50million training base was inspired by their Champions League group opponents - has helped them push past a queue of interest in Minamino, which includes United and several Bundesliga sides.

The player himself had originally expected his next destination to be Germany’s top-tier and given his modest nature, was said to be taken aback that the Premier League leaders were heavily pursuing him.

“He is an outstanding player with an outstanding personality,” Freund told The Independent. “The big clubs have been watching him and if I was them, I’d have no hesitation to sign him. Takumi is ready to make the next step in January.”

Salzburg used the option to extend Minamino contract’s last February to 2021, and without the escape clause, could have comfortably fetched over £25million for the Japan international.

Liverpool’s appreciation of the attacking midfielder pre-dates his impressive displays against them in the Champions League as the club keep a close eye on Salzburg’s talent hub, through which Sadio Mane and Naby Keita have also progressed from. 

The Austrian’s are famed for recruiting young players with high ceilings and affording them to opportunity to develop in a professional setting much earlier than would typically be the case. 

Minamino fits Jürgen Klopp’s mould of a technically gifted footballer with exceptional workrate, a stellar attitude and the desire for further advancement. 

His age ticks the box of Liverpool’s recruitment profile and an added advantage is the commercial opportunities the European champions would gain from his signing.


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/takumi-minamino-liverpool-transfer-news-release-clause-latest-a9243476.html