What is Jose's assessment of Arsenal?
The manager explained his view of Unai Emery's Arsenal at the close of his pre-match press conference...
Is this a different Arsenal team “Yes. I think different and a very difficult match for us, because we are going to play against a good team in a good moment, in a good run of results, without an accumulation of matches, because they are playing in Europa League and when you play in the Europa League you play normally with your second choices and you give a good rest to the players comparing with the teams in the Champions League, where we have to play in the maximum of our potentials. “Then it's an accumulation of matches and then you arrive in this moment, in December, and many teams they pay the price of that. When you play in the Europa League I did that. I know clearly that it is not the motivation you want as a team, as a club, but then to develop the team and to have people fresher is a good way to do it. Plus, the confidence of the good results and when you play in the Europa League you have good results, you win easily, so it is a very difficult match for us. But I think it is a very difficult match for them in spite of our problems with choices, with players, with selection of the team. In spite of that, I'm pretty sure they know it's not going to be easy.”