«Proud and excited. It’s been a long time for the club since we have been in the competition and obviously it’s the first time for me as a manager, so I’m really looking forward to it,» he said in the pre-match press conference. «We’ve been chasing it and fighting for it and now we've got it, we have to make the most out of it.
»It starts at home and I'm sure our supporters are going to be really excited about it and it's about managing that and enjoying the challenge. Every time I watched it and we weren’t there, I felt it. I think you put pressure on yourself. This club has to be in the Champions League.
«When I have the job that I have, I have the responsibility to try to bring the club to the biggest stages, to the biggest tournament and then be fighting for them. It was a process but now we are here, we have to make the most out of it.»
«For the club, for the team, for all the supporters – it’s massive for us to be back in the Champions League. On a personal, individual level too, for all the players, it means so much,» he told Arsenal.com. «It’s where we want to be, where we want to be competing. We worked hard to get here, so now we have to make the most of it.
»I can tell you that everyone has been so excited this week for this game. We were back at the training ground for a recovery session on Monday, and the atmosphere and buzz among the players was brilliant, because we can’t wait to play in this competition. There’s a great feeling right now."
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