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Live Reporting

Harry O'Connor and Harry Poole

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    Thanks very much for joining us today!

  2. 'Great to spend time with Pep' - Zidane

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world and he went to visit the Spaniard at Bayern Munich in 2015.

    The Frenchman was starting out as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid while Guardiola was the manager at Bayern.

    "We obviously take inspiration from what they do well," said the Real Madrid boss.

    "It was great to spend time with him. He was sincere, open and with someone like that you can always learn things."

    Guardiola added: "It was our pleasure, he came with other colleagues from France and spent some days with us.

    "We had some discussions and it was wonderful. He was starting to learn and he was one of the greatest players of all time so it was an honour."

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    So, that's about your lot from today's Europa League news conferences.

    A reminder, as if you needed it, that first up it's Real Madrid v Manchester City in the Champions League last-16 this evening.

    Lyon v Juventus is the other last-16 tie tonight.

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    And finally from Lacazette, he says he would call this season "difficult" but feels the team are improving under Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners have won four of their last five and are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier league.

    Lacazette said: "I would say difficult but in this moment we improve a lot, mentally and we can keep big confidence now because I went through this and know I can be better now."

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    Alexandre Lacazette has popped up with two goals in his last two games for Arsenal - against Newcastle in the Premier League and then Olympiakos in the first leg.

    That goal against Newcastle did, however, end a nine game goalless run for the striker.

    "There is a pressure but it's more about me because I want to score and I want to help my team. It was not the pressure of my transfer [fee]," Lacazette said on his form.

    "A lot of people can talk. There is always something to say so I don't really think about this. If the manager, the coach, my team-mates are happy with me then that's the most important thing."

    Alexandre Lacazette
  6. 'People should talk about Aubameyang more'

    More from Lacazette on team-mate Aubameyang: "I think people should talk more about Auba and what he is doing in the game because he is more than a goalscorer.

    "He is working a lot for the team defensively and making space for the other striker - Eddie [Nketiah] or me - and I think if we start to win more trophies, people will talk more about what he is doing for the team."

  7. Lacazette hoping Aubameyang stays

    On the importance of keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club, Lacazette added:

    "It's really important. He's one of the best or maybe he's been the best player this season for Arsenal.

    "Obviously I hope he's going to stay."

    Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  8. Lacazette has 'no knowledge' of exit clause

    Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette today addressed questions around a possible Champions League exit clause in his contract.

    He's totally dismissed any knowledge of such a clause.

    "I didn't know about this. I did not know," said Lacazette.

    "Yeah, I have a contract with the club so there is no point for me to leave, everybody is happy with me at the club."

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    Now, to Alexandre Lacazette who has been speaking about his own and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future at the club.

  10. 'Lots of positives but a lot to do'

    Mikel Arteta

    Here's a little bit more from Mikel Arteta before we hand over to striker Alexandre Lacazette.

    Arteta added this on how he feels the Gunners are progressing after two months under his leadership:

    "A lot of things happen in two months obviously, in all different areas of the club.

    "I think the team is progressing well. I think the club is looking in a better place, I think we are getting much more unity in the sections of the club and we are getting a great energy back from the fans when we play at the Emirates and away from the Emirates.

    "There's a lot of positive things but there's still a lot of things to do."

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    Winning the Europa League this season offers one such route for Arsenal.

    Reflecting on Arsenal's first leg performance which led to a narrow 1-0 win, Arteta said: "I was very pleased with the performance in general, apart from the first 10 minutes when we had some issues to control - defensively, in the final third - some situations and as well.

    "We gave the ball away in difficult areas when we could've progressed our play and become dangerous.

    "But apart from that, the team played with a lot of personality in a very difficult stadium, against a good opponent with a great record in their own stadium.

    "And we managed to score and win the game, which is a positive too."

  12. 'We have three routes to Europe'

    Arsenal earned a 3-2 win against Everton in a thrilling game at the weekend to keep their hopes of playing European football next season alive.

    Asked whether he believes European qualification via the Premier League is now realistic for the Gunners, boss Mikel Arteta said:

    "We need to win a lot of games. We need to put a very consistent run together and we've just won two games - which is not enough."

    "We have three different routes to Europe. We have to try to maximise the three of them and we go game-by-game.

    "That's all we can do at the moment because the objectives are still so far behind."

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    Arteta does hope Kolasinac will feature for Arsenal again this season:

    "Hopefully, yes. But I don't know. It's depending on whether he's dislocated it and if he needs surgery or not."

  14. Arteta 'not very positive' on Kolasinac

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on Sead Kolasinac's injury, which saw him withdrawn after 18 minutes on Sunday:

    "He is seeing the specialist today and we will know more this afternoon.

    "But yes, he was in pain, it's a difficult area and we are not very positive about it."

  15. Latest team news

    Before we hear from Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have given an update on their team news.

    Sead Kolasinac is set to undergo further assessments this week after suffering a "significant" right shoulder injury against Everton on Sunday.

    January signing Cedric Soares is aiming to return to full training by the end of February.

    Kieran Tierney is also making good progress but will he too be absent for Thursday's second leg against Olympiakos.

    Sead Kolasinac
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    Time to hear from the Arsenal camp now ahead of their second leg meeting with Olympiakos at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

    The Gunners lead 1-0 from the first leg after Alexandre Lacazette's late winner in Greece.

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    More from Rodgers, on Leicester's trip to Carrow Road: “Norwich have shown that they are a dangerous team, they showed that here earlier in the season. For us, we know it’s going to be a tough game.”

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    Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has also been talking to the media today, his side face Norwich City in the Premier League's Friday night game.

    “I think we can be better, there’s no doubt about that," said Rodgers about his side's form.

    "The start of the season was exceptional and since December there’s been some inconsistency.

    "The games that are coming up are really exciting but we just focus on the next game.”