Most Important: Pellegrini press conference: Every word on West Ham vs Arsenal, transfers, fans & more

Injury news ahead of the game?
Injuries this week have just the three that are out for a few more months and Mark Noble, has a problem in his back.

It must have been bitterly disappointing to lose to Bournemouth?
Every time that I lose a game I am concerned about the result and the reason why but starting this season, we knew it would be tough not only for the quality of the rival but because we had to make a complete new team with another mentality, used to playing in their own way and now we are trying to make changes.

Potentially three players on Saturday going back to their former clubs, do you believe that could make a difference?
You never know but for me, we must make the difference as a team, not just the three who played for Arsenal. We need to improve as a team in defending, in attacking, in mentality, those things against a big AND good team in Arsenal.

When Wilshere was developing at Arsenal, now knowing him, are you surprised they allowed him to leave?
When I played here in England for three years against Arsenal, with Villarreal twice, Jack was always a very good player. I don't know the reason why he finished his contract with Arsenal, I don't know why they allowed him to come here so it's difficult for me to give an opinion on that.

You have come up against Arsenal a few times, did they look like they needed a change of manager?
I don't know if they looked like they needed a change of manager but what Arsene Wenger did at Arsenal was unbelievable, to stay there 20 years at the same club with a lot of fans maybe wanting him out, maybe he couldn't win the Premier League in the last years but he was always fighting for the Premier League every year, the cup, at least part of the season.
So I think that every fan of Arsenal must be very happy with the work he did there. If the board decide that you must finish that work, well that is their reason.

Will it be strange not seeing him in the opposite technical area?
Yes it will be. You always link that one club with him.

What about Unai Emery?
I think that he has a lot of experience in different countries and wins a lot of titles. He is a manager that always his teams plays good football and I think he will do good work at Arsenal.

What does it mean that Arsenal have also lost their first two games? Are they under pressure?
Yes, maybe. It's not normal they start the season losing the first two games. But the pressure, at least for me, is always on winning or losing in every game, it is the same every game. Both teams cannot win, we will see which we get out of it this weekend but we must work exactly the same again after this game.

Issues off the pitch with the track cover, now the honours board, do you understand why fans might not be happy at the stadium as it affects the players too?
What I don't want to have is an excuse because we have some problem with the colour of the track, we need to have the solution on the pitch, not off it. Maybe there are issues being talked about, maybe they can be sorted but I don't want to link those things.
Are you expecting more players to leave between now and the end of the month?
I don't think so. Our squad is ready, we are not going to bring any more, we are not going to lose any more players.

Do you know your best team?
"I don't know if it is closer or not because we need time for a lot of reasons. If you review my career, at Villarreal, at Malaga, in Manchester, the first games that I managed were never good games. I remember in Manchester we lost our first three games away or lost two and won one."I'm not worried about that but as soon as we can win it would be better.

But shouldn't you know your best team?
"You never have a starting eleven. It is difficult because you have to play so many games and you must change it. You must involve the whole squad any chose the best moment for each game.
But after that game you will have another problem and can't play that team again.

Good time to play Arsenal?
"I prefer to play against a big team when you are in your best moment.
They will be nervous but also desperate to win their first game.

James Collins signing?
The squad is ready, we are not bringing any more players in or leave any out. James asked to work here while he finds a club. He played here for a lot of years so always the door is open to work with our squad. It is not more than that.

Issa Diop to play this weekend?
We will see, not only Diop but Cresswell who was part of the pre-season injuries. At this moment all of the players are fit except for the three that we mentioned.
Michail Antonio and Declan Rice weren't in the squad last Saturday...
There are a lot of reasons why players are dropped, just as with other players. We have players in the squad who are not fit, I didn't think both of them played bad against Liverpool and that is why they were out of the team.
Maybe against Arsenal I will make changes because I think a player played bad but there are a lot of reasons why we are trying to find in this moment the best eleven to win it.

Will you play a high defensive line at the Emirates?
We are not going to change too many things. I don’t think we need to at this moment. We need to trust one way which we must play and then let the players put in the performance.

Many say West Ham should do better having spent £100m, is that a spurious fact?
All the teams in the Premier League have money to put into good players. Maybe West Ham have invested a little bit more than they normally do every season to improve the squad, but there are a lot of teams that have invested a lot more money that West Ham. But it is not the reason why you are going to win games.

Can you clarify your comments about the fans leaving early?
It is not about how much I criticised the fans – it is how much the team needs the fans. I perfectly understand if you are losing 4-1 or 3-1 and you have got five minutes till the game finishes, maybe you leave early to your house. But losing 2-1? At this moment the players need everybody together, the fans, the team ,the manager, the owners – everybody. Maybe the fans had a reason, but I just wanted to clarify how important the fans for the result of the games.

Both you and Emery say you need patience, how long do you think that process will be?
It is very difficult to say how long it will be. Also, when I said that a new team, with new manager and new players need time, it is because it is true. But I also say that football does not give you too much time. You must try to improve and to win but I trust my experiences that I have had before. I know the other teams that I had that I always produced that quality in the end, and I am going to do that here as well.

Do you think that Arsenal under Emery is a different prospect?
It is my opinion – but I give it because I know about football – you can see what happened at Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson finished. There have been a lot of different players, no titles, a lot of criticism.
They were so used to winning with that manager, but when you make a change it is not easy. I think that Arsenal are going through the same thing. Maybe in the last couple of seasons Arsene was criticised because he did not fight for the title until the end of the season.

But to change the way of playing and to change the system – it is not easy.

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