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"I see myself as a young coach and I want to observe and learn from him".

The North London side will lock horns with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.

"I can't see him being a national manager because he loves that day-to-day routine and coming in to train with the lads, sometimes joining in with the players", he said.

Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from Arsenal "was not really my decision", effectively confirming he was forced out of the English club he has managed for more than 21 years.

"The first thing that comes to mind [regarding Wenger] is admiration. The position he has occupied in football is wonderful".

Arsenal had trouble dealing with Costa when he played for Chelsea and the Spain worldwide has a record of four goals in eight games against the Gunners. However, the Gunners' chances were not helped by the inclusion of an old foe in Diego Costa in the Atletico squad as he looks set to shrug off a hamstring injury.

"He has incredible vision", he said.


"This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them and achieve it with them". The next game is in Europe and then we face (Manchester) United.

Arsenal were ruthlessly picked off on the counter-attack by Leonardo Jardim's side as they fell two goals behind in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, and even after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled a goal back in stoppage time, they contrived to concede a third goal in the dying moments.

"Since I arrived in Madrid the team has improved a great deal".

While Simeone is an expert at managing knockout ties over two legs, Wenger's tactics have repeatedly come in for criticism in big European games.

"I'm happy where I am right now".

"We mention Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta, it doesn't bother me, as long as they have a plan of action going forward, because the attitude of the players has to change and they have to get players in that buy into the plan. You need courage to get into a final".


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