|Desc||Mikel Arteta is not the most spectacular player but has been a superb servant at Arsenal. When he arrived in 2011, he was tasked with stabilising a midfield rocking from the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. In 2012/13 he has regularly captained the team, emerging as one of the squad’s true leaders|
|Org||Spanish National Team|
|Club as Coach||Arsenal FC|
|Manchester City [Pep Guardiola’s assistant]|
|Club as Player||Arsenal FC|
2019 12 30 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta made clear from the moment he arrived that absolute commitment is a sine qua non for this new Arsenal] Everyone who doesn’t buy into this, it’s not good enough for this environment
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[He says he knows what the club deserves, and cannot wait to get started] I feel back home. I am extremely happy and proud to be given the opportunity to be manager of this football club. I’m sensing a good energy today since I walked in at London Colney. I feel so happy. I can’t say any other thing. We need to plug these two things together. I’m so excited…I’ve had many conversations with the senior people at the club…I have a good feeling
[Mikel Arteta told the Arsenal magazine during his time as a player, speaking about how he wants his teams to play] I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[In his first press conference as Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta also gave his thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s work ethic] What I’ve learned [from Guardiola] is you have to be ruthless and consistent and have to fit every day the culture of the club to get a winning mentality. To sustain it is even harder so every day is important. Every act is important. His workrate is incredible
[When asked whether interim coach Freddie Ljungberg will be part of his coaching team, Arteta said] I need to sit down and have a proper conversation with him. We might need eight hours to explain the situation, see what are his aims and what he’s seen from the players. We will grab a coffee - maybe a bowl of coffee - and make the decision
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Tyreece John-Jules goes with the blessing of Mikel Arteta who admitted the highly-rated youngster – who has been training regularly with the first team of late – almost got a run-out in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Leeds on Monday] I think he’s got a good chance. He needs to go and prove himself now, and he needs to challenge himself. He’s probably in a very comfortable environment here but he needs to get exposed and after that we’ll see where he is
2020 01 23 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos looking to cut Arsenal loan spell short this month] Dani had an injury where he was out for almost two months and had to go to Madrid for his rehab. He came back and in the first few weeks, I didn’t think that he was physically at the level to compete for starting games
It’s true that I have players in that position who have been performing really well, and last week when I believed that he was ready to step in, I decided to pick another player. But he’s been training good, I’m happy with him and I know him really well, so there’s no issues there
2020 01 29 Retrieve
[Arsenal boosted as scans confirm no serious injury for Mustafi. The centre-back was stretchered off after a collision with Emiliano Martinez as the Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round on Monday] We will have to assess him but when Mustafi has to come off, normally it is not good. We are in the market. We are looking for some things with the resources we have and we will tell you when we have more news.
[Arteta, however, vowed to stick by Mustafi and fix the weaknesses in his game] Absolutely. It’s my job to do that. I don’t believe that at 27 you cannot improve certain aspects of the game. I really believe that you can. I’ve worked with players like this, I’ve had team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Arteta warns Arsenal stars that no-one is safe] This club needs competition of two or three players in each position to fight. If they are able to fight and compete and they are better than the other ones, they will play. If not, someone else will play. Players are going to start games if they deserve to play and if they perform at the level of this football club. We have some necessities in certain areas, playing some players in positions that are not really their positions. With more time I would like to have specialists for every position to do exactly what we want to do. But Ainsley has adapted really well to that position, the same as Bukayo. They have been really helpful so they can still play in those positions, but naturally they are other type of players
He’s a very useful player with great speed and is technically gifted. He’s a good passer of the ball and can play as an attacking midfielder because he’s a threat every time with his runs. We’ve done so far the business that we could do, which are loans. When those loans come to an end and we have to make decisions, we will see where we are
2020 02 20 Retrieve
[Alexandre Lacazette scores late winner to put Gunners in control of Europa League last-32 clash as resurgence under Mikel Arteta continues in Athens] It’s tough to come to a stadium like this away in Europe and come away with a win. ‘The first 10, 15 minutes we suffered because we did not do the things that we talked about and the execution on the simple things was poor. We tell them they have to enjoy defending as well, it is a big part of the game and like tonight if you give simple balls way you better run back and get that ball back as quickly as possible. But they play with a big heart. It’ll be a different game at the Emirates, obviously scoring away from home is very positive but the tie is completely open
2020 02 20b Retrieve
[Arteta himself was full of praise for Saka after the match, stressing he’s a player that’s always looking to improve] Absolutely, I’m really pleased the way he’s developed. I think he’s really pleased the way he’s handling this situation because there’s a lot of highlights on him at the moment but he’s really humble. He’s always asking questions, meeting with my assistants and willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he’s very brave. He makes big decisions in the final third, he doesn’t hide and he’s got the vision and the ability to execute in spaces that are really tight which is a big gift
2020 02 21 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka is enjoying an impressive rise to prominence and he was effective again on Thursday] We try to put him in a position where we can surround him with the right players and in the right areas, as he’s not a full-back. He’s responding well and he has a lot of courage to make decisions in the final third, the most opportunities we created was on his side again and I’m very pleased with his performances
2020 02 22 Retrieve
[Arteta says Saka future is out of his hands as Arsenal board look to tie up contract extension] That is something the club has to get sorted. My priority is that he continues to play like he is doing and he keeps developing. He is always asking the right questions. He is a very brave guy. Every time he gets into the final third, he is trying to cause problems for the opponent. He deserves these chances, he is doing very well and that’s why he is in the team. He’s great for the club. If we can get players from the academy and give them real chances even when we have other people fit, it shows we believe in them. He’s responded well
[That role has seen him slot into a defensive unit alongside Shkodran Mustafi] I put my trust in him, I speak to him and try to understand what was happening. I try to give [my players] answers and solutions and then it up to the players. It is not me that plays, it is him that makes the effort and the decisions. So far he has been really good
2020 02 23 Retrieve
[Coach Mikel Arteta after the win in Greece] I’m really pleased with the way he’s developed. There’s a lot of highlights on him at the moment but he’s really humble. He’s always asking questions, meeting with my assistants and willing to improve.
He’s a great kid and he’s very brave. He makes big decisions in the final third, he doesn’t hide and he’s got the vision and the ability to execute in spaces that are really tight which is a big gift
2020 03 03 Retrieve
[By now Emery had been replaced by Mikel Arteta, who had publicly challenged his compatriot to show him he warranted a place in the side] I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here. He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him. I know him really well from Spain. I watched him many, many times. He always wants the ball, he has big personality to play. I like him.
He is getting much closer to the fitness levels that I expect from him to be competing with his team-mates. He needs to get back to fitness and fight for his place like any other player. But he is a player that can fit our style and now he needs to make a step forward and make things difficult for me and my selection
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[Arteta issues challenge to Saka & Tierney over Arsenal left-back spot] They have to compete. They have to challenge each other and improve. Whoever is best will be in the position, which is a really good thing for the team.
[Arteta insists he would have no issue with the teenager getting an international call-up, but also sounded a word of warning] I think he is doing really well with us. International level is a different level. It is up to the England manager to discuss whether he is ready to do that and what is he going to do with his squad. Whatever he decides we will support the idea and the player.
2020 03 08 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta dismisses the notion that Alexandre Lacazette would start against Manchester City because he scored in his last game] It’s not because of the fact he scored, it’s because of the way he trains every day. The way he’s trying, the way he played even when he wasn’t scoring. He’s always at his best, training, his attitude is top. The same with the others so they all have a chance
2020 03 11 Retrieve
[Arteta believes fortune has not been on their side and is in no doubt that Arsenal must be at their best to get a result at the Etihad Stadium] Sometimes small details make the difference. I think they’ve been very unlucky. This is football. It can happen. We have to be at our best, that’s for sure, to have any chance of winning the game
[Arteta is nonetheless looking forward to returning to the club where he learned much of his coaching craft under Guardiola after retiring from playing in 2016] It’s going to be a very special night. I’m very excited to get back there. Now, I’m in a different position on a different bench. I will defend my club as well as I can
[The Gunners are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and just five adrift of United in fifth, a position that could be enough to qualify for Europe’s elite competition if City’s ban due to Financial Fair Play irregularities is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)] It’s still a long way to go. We want to go game by game. Three weeks ago, it was impossible [to secure Champions League qualification]. Now, it looks a bit more possible. The club is doing what it has to do and holding conversations. Hopefully, we’ll get a result.
2020 03 13 Tweet
[Coronavirus: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ‘feeling better already’] Thanks for your words and support. We’re all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines. We’ll come through this together
2020 03 23 Retrieve
[Arteta feeling ‘very well’ after coronavirus scare as Arsenal remain in football quarantine] I’m very well now, I feel that I have recovered. It took me three or four days to start feeling much better and with more energy, to leave the symptoms behind and now, the truth is that I feel very well
[Explaining his experience of the disease] Everything happened very fast. On Tuesday afternoon I was feeling so-so and I went to see the doctor but he wasn’t there. I got a call from the board of directors after training while I was in my car and they told me that the president of Olympiacos had tested positive and everyone that had been in contact was at risk. I went on to tell them that I wasn’t feeling well and that we had a situation because we had lots of players that had been in contact with them [Olympiacos]. We had a game against Manchester City the next day and obviously we couldn’t put lots of people at risk without saying anything. I had the test done last Wednesday and I was diagnosed on Friday, when we had to communicate it to the Premier League that I had tested positive. Obviously all those that had been in contact with me had to go into quarantine, and consequently, games had to be suspended
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[Arteta details experience after recovering from coronavirus] I am feeling completely recovered [now]. It’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus because of the owner of Olympiacos and in that moment … I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it.
We had a game the following day against Manchester City, so I made a decision and called the doctor straight away and I asked him to drive home.
I spoke with Raul [Sanllehi, head of football], [technical director] Edu, Vinai [Venkatesham, managing director], Huss [Fahmy, chief contract negotiator] and we set up a meeting together and I said: ‘Listen, we have a couple of players that have been exposed. There is a massive risk there and as well I am the first one feeling the symptoms, very clear symptoms. So if that is the case, all of the players and the people related to the club who are in contact with me on a daily basis are exposed. So we cannot make that decision, we have to speak to the Premier League, to Manchester City and we have to make the decision pretty quickly.’
Then you realise: ‘Wow, everybody can be exposed here, this is very serious’ and you start to think about the people that you’ve been in contact with and the other people that can be related to us. That’s when a bit of fear comes.
In terms of symptoms, it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest. That was it. The difficulty is that I have people at home, three kids as well and I was worried. My missus has been through it and my nanny’s been through it. Thank God, the kids never got it. We are all completely fine now
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[The evolution of De Bruyne: An inspirational leader and Ballon d’Or contender] A few years ago he couldn’t have played pivot, because he didn’t quite have the capacity to transmit orders to those around him
Now he can - he understands the pitch, his team, the demanding, associative football which links parts of the team with passes and movement
2020 04 06b Retrieve
[Yet despite seeing Eddie Nketiah preferred to him, Lacazette was still given plenty of praise] I saw it straight away the moment I was talking with him, giving him instructions on the touchline, he was alert, focused and I could see in his face he was really determined to come out there and score the goal like he did
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta planning ‘two or three transfer scenarios’ for Arsenal] I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment
I went through a lot when I got here… I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with. The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment. We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players. I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing. We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.
We’re doing work with them and we’re trying to engage them. We’re close to them and up until now, it’s been a very positive response from them. We cannot touch each other at the moment, but we’re having group and individual talks. It’s so important that we keep connected so they can see there’s a relation between what we’re doing now and when we restart training. They’re bored and as young players, they have a lot of energy!
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that his players are in contact with a psychologist during the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown] We have our psychologist who is looking after the players and is always in constant communication with them. But as well we’re having feedback from different people and we’re constantly sending information and videos and keeping them busy. And as well, keeping them close to their job and close to the people that are related to their job, which is us and my coaching staff. But we’ve been having some really good conversations. This time has been really helpful from my side, at least, to get to know the players better, and we are trying to improve our relationship, our communication and the understanding between us.
We have a lot of meetings to try and plan the season. We might have one, two, three different scenarios and we have to be prepared for all of them. I’m not a person that likes improvising a lot so yeah we have to know the circumstances can change every week and we have to be prepared as a club to react to that and adapt. We have some time to review what we have done as well, and the things that we have to improve as a team and as a coaching staff as well, and have a big reflection on all the departments we have across the club. How they are feeling as well about what we are doing, how we have set up as a club, if they have any ideas for us to improve, and we are more than welcome to help them on how the workload can be better. So then we make sure when we’re back, we don’t know in which condition, how long we’re going to have, we make sure we hit the ground running
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Arteta’s Arsenal baptism of fire] I get up quite early and I like to spend an hour or two in the office by myself. Then I start to make phone calls and start to organise work and start communicating with my staff, the backroom staff and senior people at the club. Then we have some lunch and after that I get back to work. I put things in place and have some individual meetings and some meetings with the players. This time has been really helpful from my side, at least, to get to know the players better, and we are trying to improve our relationship, our communication and the understanding between us
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Henry? Vieira? Arteta names Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ he’d welcome into class of 2020] For example, someone like Thierry [Henry] would be great. Someone like Patrick [Vieira] would be great and some leaders that we had the back. We’ve had a lot of great players who have had great success with this football club. A player that I admired a lot when I was young was Michael Laudrup. I used to love him and the way he played.
I think we can get a few [from the current squad], just joking a little bit, but through the process, they are really willing to try and understand the game better and how they can coach as well. It is not just myself, but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest, even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old. Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz he wants to be a coach in the future. sHe has started doing his coaching badges already and I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to be a coach one day
2020 04 21b Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta has picked out Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the Arsenal heroes of the past that he would like to add to his Gunners squad in the present] For example, someone like Thierry [Henry] would be great. Someone like Patrick [Vieira] would be great and some leaders that we had the back. We’ve had a lot of great players who have had great success with this football club. A player that I admired a lot when I was young was Michael Laudrup. I used to love him and the way he played
I think we can get a few (from the current squad), just joking a little bit, but through the process, they are really willing to try and understand the game better and how they can coach as well. It is not just myself, but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest, even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old. Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz he wants to be a coach in the future. He has started doing his coaching badges already and I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to be a coach one day.
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Head coach Arteta admitted that the potential effects of the pandemic and the financial uncertainty it was causing meant he had no clue what sort of money would be available to him for transfers] I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Xabi Alonso and Arteta are close friends] I knew that one day he would become a coach. He is coaching now at the second team at Real Sociedad and he will be a really good coach in the future, I’m sure
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Coronavirus and football teams: Which players, managers and owners are affected?] This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed
2020 04 27b Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta on Coronavirus symptoms] In terms of symptoms, it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest. That was it
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Arteta: I shouldn’t have to convince a player to join Arsenal] Arteta: I shouldn’t have to convince a player to join Arsenal. Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are. It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point. If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit. It has to be ‘what do we have to do? I want to play for that club and represent exactly the values the style of play that I want’. That’s the kind of emotion I want to hear at the start. The same with the players that are here. Once you finish what are the feelings you have towards the club? That’s what really interests me.
I felt that the energy at the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club. I was lucky enough to play here, so everybody has to feel first of all in that way. There was a lot of disconnection and I wanted to bring everyone together. Firstly, for everyone to understand how lucky we are to be here, and then a very clear direction of where we want to be.
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta has expressed his belief that Kieran Tierney] I’m really looking forward to working with Kieran Tierney and giving him the opportunity to play. His attitude, his commitment, his will; it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us. It’s a shame (Tierney’s injury), but it’s part of his development. In your career, you go through these moments and I challenged Kieran to say, ‘Kieran, how are you going to react to that?’ You cannot feel sorry for yourself that this happened. Okay, the level of expectation now is a bit higher, you have to deal with it. You are playing with a top club, top expectation… deal with it. You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player, go and lead your profession and enjoy it and that’s it.
[Arteta also addressed the difficulties he faced at the Emirates] It is happening [the transformation]. Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club. I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone, first of all, has to feel in that way. There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together. First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be.
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Tierney was singled out for praise by Arteta] I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play. His attitude, his commitment, his will; it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us. It’s a shame (Tierney’s injury), but it’s part of his development
2020 05 14 Retrieve
[Reiss Nelson - The Arsenal wonderkids who could save Arteta millions] Straightaway, he caught my eye. I think he has been a little bit confused in the last few years – what direction he had to take, some of the decisions that he made. Now, I can see he really wants it and I think he has the potential to do whatever he wants
2020 05 14b Retrieve
[Tyreece John-Jules is highly rated by Arteta and is, therefore, still being tipped to make a big impact at the Emirates] When he was with us, I was impressed with him. His understanding of the game, how he links with the people around him, how powerful he is. He has got a goal in him
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[Gunners boss Mikel Arteta stated upon taking the reins in north London that he is looking for a proven winner to provide leadership and inspiration to those around him] That’s what I wanted to demand of David Luiz. He is a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room. We have to use that in a very powerful way. I am very pleased with him. In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific. His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his team-mates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Certainly John-Jules would likely be part of the Arsenal boss’ training plans at least if he returned. Discussing the young forward after his loan switch Arteta said] When he was with us I was impressed with him, his understanding of the game, how he links with the people around him, how powerful he is. He has got a goal in him
2020 06 03 Retrieve
[Eddie Nketiah again who started up front in Arsenal’s final three home league games before the suspension, with the Lacazette having to make do with a place on the bench] I have two strikers at the moment and they are making life difficult for me, but at the same time it is very good. I decided to play Eddie [against West Ham] for the defenders they had and the game-plan we had, but knowing that Laca, if we needed a goal in the final moments, was always ready to do that
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[With two months of the 2019-20 season still to be completed, Arsenal are currently working towards different transfer scenarios] I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment
2020 06 09 Retrieve
[Since arriving in December, the Spaniard has had to deal with a constant string of games and would have been looking forward to the summer and working with his squad during pre-season to really get his methods across. But he’s now been able to use the shutdown as an opportunity to get to know his players, not just on a professional level but on a personal one as well, something he would have found tough to do had the season continued as normal] This time has been really helpful from my side, at least, to get to know the players better. We are trying to improve our relationship, our communication and the understanding between us.
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta on FA Cup final renamed to incorporate Prince Williams’s ‘Heads Up’ mental health campaign] You have to create a safe environment for them to be able to talk to you directly without feeling judged, or [worrying] whether that’s going to have consequences for them, whether they’re going to play or not, or my feelings towards them. This is what I’ve been trying to do over the last 12 weeks, by trying to talk individually so they can raise those feelings, their issues, and we can build the club culture that I want, which is based on respect
2020 06 11b Retrieve
[Tyreece John-Jules joined League One side Lincoln City on loan in January, but not before making a big impression on Mikel Arteta - who had replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal’s head coach a month earlier] I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen of him in training. I really like him. He can do everything. He links really well on the ball every time he’s out of the number nine position. He’s got a really good ability to do that. He reads situations earlier than others and he’s a good finisher as well. Physically he’s developed in a really good shape. I think he’s a very complete player
2020 06 11c Retrieve
[Arteta reveals Aubameyang called him to request Arsenal stars be allowed to show support for Black Lives Matter] The thing that I like most is that it came from them. I got a phone call from the captain asking to do that. I spoke with the club straight away and we were very clear that we wanted to support their intentions, everyone collaborated, we created the shirt. It was a really strong message and it is more powerful because it comes from them. They think they have to support these types of causes
[Arsenal went on to lose the friendly against Championship side Brentford 3-2] We are trying different things. We are trying to give minutes in the legs to all the players. We have had to change a lot of players through the games. We are getting adapted to playing in an empty stadium as well and losing that energy from the fans. It was good, we played two friendlies and we are getting the rhythm, we haven’t played for a while. We tried to make it as close as possible to a real game
2020 06 11d Retrieve
[Arsenal boss Arteta admits return to Manchester City will be ‘strange’ without fans] It is going to be strange, I can’t deny that. I know everybody there and spent four magnificent years with those players and staff. I am really excited as well, I can’t wait to start competing again and doing what we love most which is to play football. It is going to be very special for me and I am looking forward to it.
We have got a good measure with what is happening in the Bundesliga at the moment. I hope it is going to help. Football is about passion and energy and when you lose that, it is balanced much more, but I know how strong they are and what they are able to do if they are all switched on so we have to be well prepared to go there and win the game. It better be right that playing away is an advantage because we are away four times in a row
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[When Mikel Arteta walked through the doors of the Emirates Stadium back in December to replace Unai Emery, there was plenty of work to be done] We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that [competing for trophies], but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight, but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Arteta hopeful over Aubameyang’s new Arsenal contract] I think it’s our responsibility to make him feel that this is the right next step in his career. In order to do that he needs to feel valued. He needs to feel that he belongs to us and that we want him - and then he really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to do. He’s going to be a key player to do that. I think that [Champions League qualification] would help to persuade anybody, but we are very lucky to have the club that we have that a lot of players want to come and join. But it is not about who do we want to attract as well, it is how happy the players are here [too] and how convinced they are that they are in the right place. As well, it is our obligation to be fighting for almost every trophy and playing in the Champions League with this club
We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and agent. I am pretty positive that we can find the right agreement for all parties. At the moment I am extremely happy about the way he is performing and behaving. I think I have a really good relationship with him where we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far, as far as I’m aware, I think he’s very happy at the club.
2020 06 16 Retrieve
[Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta told it will feel ‘strange’ to return to his old side Manchester City when the teams meet on Wednesday] I assumed he’d ask my opinion. I told him how I saw it going: ‘This is what they’ll do, so I’d plan to play like this.’ He liked my ideas and we went with my plan
[Arteta will also aim to use his inside knowledge of Guardiola’s approach in Arsenal’s favour] It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do and what they will be looking to do. But it is something different to be able to stop that and as well to create the issues that I think we can create for them
2020 06 16b Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta is pretty positive Arsenal can reach an agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to secure his long-term future at the club] We have many discussions with Pierre, with his family and his agent. I’m pretty positive we can find the right agreement for all parties. It is our responsibility to make him feel this is the right next step in his career. In order to do that he needs to feel valued. He needs to feel like he belongs to us and we want him. He really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to do and he’s going to be a key player to do that. I’m extremely happy with how he’s performing and behaving. I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things and I think he’s very happy at the club. We would have liked to do things much quicker but our hands have been tied with time and communication. These unprecedented times bring a lot of uncertainty
[Arteta says has seen no suggestion that his head has been turned despite his comments about a ‘turning point’ in his career] I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving. I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club
[Arteta suggested the coronavirus shutdown had played at least some part in the slow progress of negotiations] In a different context we’d have liked to do things much quicker but obviously it is unprecedented times. That brings a lot of uncertainty. But things are getting clearer and clearer every day that we are a step closer to getting back playing football and we want to move forward. We are trying, as a club, to finalise the deals that are more urgent and are a priority for us. The ones you are talking about [Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang] - they are both really important, not just for now but for the future of the club as well and if the club has something to announce, they will do it in the right moment
[Players comfortable with low-risk environment] I think we have found the right balance, and the most important thing was to provide the players with a safe environment to work where they could feel where there was no risk, or a very, very limited risk, to develop their profession. I think we have managed to do that and from now on, the physical part is really good and the mental side as well has been a challenge over those three months. Now let’s see how ready we are to compete
2020 06 16c Retrieve
[Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning amid Chelsea spending spree] The fact that we’ve not been in the Champions League for the past three seasons has put an enormous amount of pressure on the club in financial terms. We know our responsibility and the aims – and how much that would relax the financial position that we are in - but we have to go game by game. It is not achievable in one or two games. It’s a process over the 10 games that we have. We know the target, the difficulty of the task because there are a lot of clubs in that fight. We have to give it a go and believe that we can do it.
[Chelsea having already made big moves in the market - with deals agreed for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner] We are trying to put a plan together to improve what we have. We haven’t been able to achieve the goals we have wanted in the last three years and there is a reason behind it. If we stand still that gap will become bigger and bigger. I haven’t come here to accept that. The challenge for us is to improve the players we already have and find ways to improve the squad in the right positions to give us the best possible chance to compete at that level. It’s getting higher and higher every year.
The plans I had [for the summer] obviously wasn’t considering the coronavirus and all the side effects that has, but we know what we have to do to improve the team. Whether we’ll be able to the way we want will be a different story. My focus right now is just to improve the team, get the results that we need to give us the best chance possible to get into Europe and convince the players this is the right environment for them.
[Arteta is hopeful an agreement with David Luiz] I’m really happy with David. I want to keep him here with us. He’s been a key role model for me since I joined. I like what he produces on the pitch. I like his influence around the players and the club. I’d love to keep him
2020 06 16d Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta has confirmed sorting out a new contract for Bukayo Saka is a priority for Arsenal] We are trying, as a club, to finalise the deals that are more urgent and are a priority for us. The ones you are talking about [Bukayo and Aubameyang] - they are both really important, not just for now but for the future of the club as well and if the club has something to announce, they will do it in the right moment
They have to keep developing and one of the biggest challenges is always consistency. They have been doing it for a certain period of time, for certain moments of certain games but to do it consistently for every three days for 94 or 96 minutes, that’s a different story. In order to do that and develop the right way, they need the right players next to them, with the right mentality, with the right qualities and with the right drive. That’s what we have to do, we have to give them the right foundations in order for them to feel free to develop, without the extra pressure that they don’t need in these moments and they cannot carry on. We don’t give them too much responsibility too early, because there is always a risk to burn them
2020 06 16e Retrieve
[Nketiah can help Arsenal move to the next level] We treat Eddie as an important part of our squad. We had to make an important decision not to let him go on loan again after the spell he had at Leeds. I watched him train and I was very convinced he was the right player for us to move us to the next level, that he can contribute in a big way to the way we want to play. He has been fantastic so far
2020 06 16f Retrieve
[Lacazette or Nketiah up front?] I have two strikers at the moment and they are making life difficult for me but at the same time it is very good.
I hope it is. We’ve seen we have got a good thing to measure what is happening with the Bundesliga at the moment. So it is going to help. Football is passion and energy, and when you lose that things balance much more in my opinion
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[Arteta ‘very emotional’ facing former boss Guardiola in Premier League return] It’s a very emotional game for me obviously but I am very excited. It’s been a tough few months for everybody. Everything, every protocol, is different, so we have to adapt and find the right motivation. Let’s find out how it goes. There are a few things that have happened in the last few weeks so I have to pick the team that I think will do well. Of course a little bit, we were rivals as football players and now as managers. We were together for an incredible three and a half years. I learned a lot from him. He is an exceptional person and I wish him all the best. We want to win of course. The best players will win. I cannot play unfortunately and he [Arteta] cannot play either, fortunately!
2020 06 17b Retrieve
[Arteta admitted post-match that it was a horror night for his side as he refused to throw Luiz under the bus for his performance] Everything went wrong from the first minute. Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today.
David Luiz is someone that is very honest and straight forward. My opinion on David Luiz hasn’t changed. It won’t change because he had a difficult performance tonight
2020 06 17c Retrieve
[Arteta will return to the Etihad for the first time since his departure when his Arsenal side resume their Premier League season] It’s going to be a very special night, I am very excited to get back there. I have some fantastic memories, a lot of friends, a lot of people that I like. But obviously now I am in a different position, another bench and I will defend my club as well as I can. xxxx
[When asked what makes Guardiola so special] The first one is his values as a person, that stands in front of everything. The way he treats the players, the way he treats people, the way he looks after the football club when he is there, that’s the first one. The second one is the clear ideas he has, how he is going to implement them and the plan he puts together to do that. And after because he is braver than any other manager and wants to take more risks and wants to play the way he wants and it does not matter what, he will maintain that line.
[In just six months, he has built a strong relationship with his players] It’s been a challenge for all of us. It’s been a challenge since I joined, because of the situation that we were in, but I think we made a lot of steps forward. We tried to change the energy that we had around the place, even our stadium with the players and with the staff as well and I was very positive in the way that we were developing things. Obviously, we had a big turning point with the coronavirus and being away from each other for three months, but we’ve been trying to keep going in our direction, being close in contact and communication with our players and our staff and I think we are in a really good position to move forward. We have some uncertainties that we cannot control and we do not know how the players are going to respond now, playing every three days after three months off, but most of the clubs are in the same position so we will try to adapt and to make the most out of it. We don’t try to find any excuses. We’ll go for it and enjoy it because I think we’ve all missed football so much that we’re all desperate to get back playing
2020 06 18 Retrieve
[David Luiz to stay at Arsenal? Arteta says contract stance hasn’t changed despite Man City horror show] He has spoken in the dressing room. David is someone that is very honest and is straightforward. I’m sure he will talk to you guys and explain his feelings, but my opinion on David doesn’t change. The moment I joined, what he’s done for the team, what he’s done for me, it won’t change because he had a difficult performance
[Asked if his opinion had changed in regards to taking up the option to retain David Luiz] This won’t change nothing. For me, no. Whatever we’re going to do, or we did before today’s game, we’ll keep it internally.
[He also addressed the issue in his post-match press conference] I don’t know what will happen with his contract. I know what happened today, I know the way David reacted. As a player and a person I know him well, he can handle the situation. There was a reason why I didn’t select him from the start and he had to play because Pablo [Mari] got injured. He’s always going to try to give you his best for the condition that he’s at and he’s tried again. It didn’t work out for him or the team but that’s it.
Everything went wrong from the first minute, when Granit got injured and we had to change the plan a little bit. Every possible accident that could have happened, hopefully happened today and not in the rest of the games we have ahead of us.
2020 06 18b Retrieve
[The Gunners were beaten 3-0 at Manchester City on Wednesday night, and events off the field already point to tough times ahead] Everything went wrong from the first minutes when Granit [Xhaka] got injured and we had to change the plan. Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened tonight and not in the rest of the 10 games we have ahead of us.
[Arteta wants Luiz to stay] I don’t know what will happen with his contract. I know what happened today. There was a reason why I didn’t select him from the start. He had to play because Pablo got injured. He tried but it didn’t work out for the team. But my opinion of him hasn’t changed from the moment I joined the team and it won’t change because of a difficult performance tonight
[Arteta warned that Arsenal could not afford to stand still during the next few months while their rivals strengthen] That gap will become bigger and bigger. I haven’t come here to accept that. The challenge for us is to improve the players we already have and find ways to improve the squad in the right positions to give us the best possible chance to compete at that level. It’s getting higher and higher every year. The plans I had [for the summer] obviously wasn’t considering the coronavirus and all the side effects that has, but we know what we have to do to improve the team.
[Mesut Ozil had started all 10 games under the Spaniard, yet at the Etihad he was not even in a match day squad that contained nine substitutes] It was a tactical reason. I needed players in other positions and that’s why I decided to leave him out. It was an answer taken straight out of the Unai Emery book
2020 06 18c Retrieve
[Arteta unsure of Luiz’s Arsenal future] I don’t know. We cannot forget the financial situation. The way that Covid-19 has hit every club and the economy in general, it’s going to have an impact. What the club is doing at the moment is assessing the situation and trying to clarify a lot of uncertainties that we have in the future. We have to make big decisions and time-wise it is difficult to fit them in with our needs. We are trying our best and the club is trying their best. It is difficult sometimes because it puts the player or our sporting necessities in a difficult situation. Again, we have to adapt. It is what it is. That is why I wanted to protect David yesterday. That is why I did not start him. But it’s a funny game and after 20 minutes you need him, a player who has had a lot of uncertainty in the last few weeks.
David is very open, he is a leader and I was sure he was going to speak in front of everybody [after the Manchester City game]. You heard what he said, he was very direct with us too. That is what I value from him and that is what I like from him. We need to be fair on him. Me personally I am going to defend him with everything I have because I believe in him. He has shown me a lot of things in his time here and his career speaks for itself
[Joorabchian hinted that the reason for the delay was down to issues behind the scenes at Arsenal] Don’t forget that we have accepted a pay cut, not only the players and the staff, to try to help the situation. I think it was an incredible gesture of unity and commitment from everybody working at the football club that I am very proud of. So there are consequences but the people that are running the club are very responsible and do not want to put the club in a difficult position. n order to do that, let’s analyse first how our finances are going to look. We know that we have to improve, how we can improve it. And let’s see what we can do to get the club in the position it deserves.
2020 06 18d Retrieve
[Arteta reveals what Ozil must do to win Arsenal place back] I have been very open with Mesut from day one. ce I joined I thought that he was fit and he was willing and he wanted to perform at the level he can do. The moment I see that he is ready again to do that, I will treat him like anybody else. I think I’ve been more than fair with him and I think he has responded in many games the way I want. That’s it
[When asked why he believes Ozil has not been at the required level in training since the players returned from lockdown] There’s a lot that’s happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the time for every player. Sometimes they need a little bit of time. It’s been a difficult preparation the last two months to get players ready and again, I’m the first one who wants Mesut at his best. I’m going to put him on the pitch when I think he can give his best. My conversations with Mesut will remain between me and him. What I can tell you is that it was a completely fine, honest and clear conversation. He was very well with me. There were no issues at all
I said before that we started after the virus from a position that we have a lot of teams in front of us. We have to go game by game. Last night is over and we have to learn from what happened. We have to analyse the game as it happened as well, and be fair on our analysis. You can see the difference at the moment, in the process, in terms of the squad. That takes a little bit of time to get there
I think in the first 30 or 35 minutes [against City], we competed really well. We were a threat and we made it very difficult for them but at this level, when you give something to that kind of opposition they’re not going to make any mistakes. From now on, game by game, it’s still the same ambition and that’s to win the next game. A lot of things are happening between them. Let’s see what happens
2020 06 19 Retrieve
[Arteta’s £72m weapon: How Pepe can restore Arsenal’s fear factor] It is clear that his consistency has not been at the level that he can produce. Nico is the first one to accept that and that’s what I’m going to demand from a player of his level and calibre. He has to be producing every three days at the level that he can. He has to be a player that makes the difference, that is a threat, who generates fear in the opponents and gives us a big threat in the final third
It’s not easy to adapt to this league but Nico’s putting in the effort and he’s willing to do it. It will come out. The price that we paid for him puts him in a difficult position straight away because he’s going to be compared to players of that calibre. But if you go through the list of top players that have come to this country and look at how disappointing they were for the first12 months, then how incredible they were for the next five years, I think we could have a massive list.
Nico is such a nice kid, he’s trying really hard and you have to respect the timing, the way he has adapted for the first year as well. A lot happened to him and we have to understand that and he is willing and I’m sure we are going to get the best out of him. I’m convinced of that.
It’s about turning those flashes of skill into a consistent way of playing. His mindset has to be right all the time. He needs to win the game for the team. He is one of the players we have in the squad that has to take that responsibility on.
2020 06 19b Retrieve
[Arteta confirms Mari transfer intention after Arsenal injury blow] Yes. This cannot be affected just because a player gets injured doing his job and defending our club.
Ainsley needs to put his head down and work hard and show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, he wants to play for this club and fight for his place
[Arteta admits he is much happier with the youngster’s commitment levels and attitude] Much better. We discussed that during the lockdown and he has changed a lot of things, a lot of positive things. He is a really honest kid. We know him from the academy and the way he has developed here and he has all the attributes and qualities to become a really important player, it’s up to him
2020 06 19c Retrieve
[Arteta reveals the key to Arsenal’s summer transfer plans] What we do today or in the next five weeks will have a big impact on what we have to do in the summer. We have to put a plan [in place] to improve our squad, that’s first, fulfil the ambitions that we have, have the right players to support the talented young players that we have. They are still in the very early stages of their development and we have to know that, but we don’t have time. The demands of this football club are huge and we cannot stay still. We have to change things, we have to improve them. The most important thing is not about keeping [the players], it is about improving them, convince them of what we are trying to do and get them performing and winning football matches
There is a lot of uncertainty in how the transfer market is going to look. You hear very different things and people are going to go all in, clubs are already spending a lot of money and others may be much more conservative and wait to assess the situation before they move. Our position at the moment is that we have to see and be cautious. Our ambition is still intact and I know from the owners that their ambition is still intact as well. We will try and do our best to improve the squad, maintain the players we want to maintain and move forward.
Some leaders appear when others go and that is the responsibility. We know how the dressing room has to be managed, what type of people you need. You need a balance and obviously you need some leadership. You are talking about two players (Luiz and Xhaka) that are natural leaders, but there are many ways to be a leader. We have other people that have to step up, even if those two aren’t here. It is one of the things that in our club culture has to be implemented and they have to understand how important that is as well
2020 06 19d Retrieve
[Arsenal rocked by injury crisis with Pablo Mari set to miss rest of season] He is a very interesting player, very focused, very determined, very willing to learn. Obviously the fact he has been out for such a long time, he is lacking competition now and lacking that rhythm. We need to try to give him as much as possible to help him. There were some moments that he looked really, really good. He is a player that is going to be very valuable for us
2020 06 20 Retrieve
[Arteta slams Arsenal for ‘unacceptable’ Brighton defeat] I am very frustrated. It is unacceptable the way we lost the game. We like competing and I know we have a young squad but still, we threw the game away. We had to put it to bed earlier
A very difficult one to take. It is unacceptable in the way we lost the game. The fact we missed so many chances, the fact we gave them a goal and we did not compete for the second goal. Where do Arsenal go from here? We have to try to lift the players. There’s a lot of things they have done really well but we don’t compete. At this level you cannot give those sort of goals away. This is the challenge we all have at the football club, to rebuild to something that is worth the club we are representing.
2020 06 20b Retrieve
[Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang angrily pointed his finger at Maupay moments after the goal and then a scuffle broke out following the final whistle, with Matteo Guendouzi grabbing the striker by the throat before being dragged off the pitch] He can say whatever he wants. I know my players and one aspect that they do not miss for sure is humility
[Speaking about the incident which resulted in Leno’s injury] I believe that no player has an intention to hurt anybody and I believe in this case it’s exactly the same. It was unfortunate. Benrd’s injury doesn’t look good, we have to assess it tomorrow to know what’s happening. We don’t know [if it’s a cruciate injury], he is still in some pain. We will have to wait until tomorrow at least to see how bad the damage is.
[When asked if he feared a possible ban for Guendouzi due to his spat with Maupay] I don’t know. I haven’t seen the actions. I have seen a lot of players just talking and getting together, but I didn’t know what happened. There is frustration at the end because we threw the game away. That is probably a reaction that can happen. But I always believe a player has no intention to get somebody else injured.
2020 06 20c Retrieve
[Arteta explains how Lacazette can win back his spot in Arsenal’s starting XI] Alex is a player that I always liked because he’s the type of striker that can do a bit of everything. He’s very talented in combining and linking with other [players], his work rate and the way he competes for every ball is rare to find in a striker - and then he has the ability to put the ball in the net every time he’s in front of goal. It has been a difficult season for him - for other players too - but we’ve been trying to manage that. He has a lot of continuity with me but he had that stroke where he was finding it difficult to score goals. I think in the last few weeks he looked much better, was a threat and scored some important goals for us as well
I just want to give him confidence, game time and the way he came on yesterday [in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City] showed a lot of willingness to help the team and I am happy with him. We have two strikers that have to fight for their places and I want that type of competition in the squad. Everybody needs [confidence] and a striker probably more than any other player on the pitch because in the end, confidence is related to the amount of goals per minute they score. They can do everything well but at the end they’re getting judged for the amount of goals they are scoring. It’s the same for everybody but how do you gain confidence from the manager? The way you train, translate it into the way you play, or if you don’t play then you have the excuse that you don’t have the confidence, it’s always like this
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Saturday’s demoralising injury-time 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Brighton] We haven’t competed like you have to compete in the Premier League. We gave the first goal away and we lost a few important duels afterwards, so I think it’s all our fault. It’s not about the character, it’s about how you compete in a Premier League match and it’s for 100 minutes in this case. It’s for every ball, it’s for every action and the moment you lose attention, the opponent is going to punish you. It’s not the first time it has happened and if you want to win football games consistently at this level, it’s a must and it’s a non-negotiable
[When asked after the game whether he feared a ban for Guendouzi] I don’t know, I haven’t see the action. I’ve seen a lot of players getting together but I don’t know what happened. It’s the frustration because we’ve thrown the game away and that’s a reaction that can happen but I always believe that a player has no intention to get someone else injured
2020 06 23 Retrieve
[Arsenal receive Leno boost but Martinelli out for ‘months’] Bernd’s injury doesn’t look good, we have to assess it tomorrow to know what’s happening. We don’t know [if it’s a cruciate injury], he is still in some pain. We will have to wait until tomorrow at least to see how bad the damage is
Right knee. Positive news after detailed assessments. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on Saturday. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks. Left knee. Sustained cartilage injury during training on Sunday. Further assessments and tests to take place in forthcoming days
We had some really bad news against yesterday [Monday]. In training in the last action he got hit by another player. He’s damaged his knee, the doctors are assessing the extent of the injury but it’s not looking good at all. How bad? We don’t know, but he’s looking at months.
If two players bang each other, or if what happens with Pablo on his own and a lot of others we’ve had in recent months, they are not muscular injuries. They are more traumatic injuries. But again, we’ve been really unlucky with that and we have to deal with it
2020 06 23b Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are planning on signing Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on permanent deals] We’ve been trying to get the deal done because we are happy with what Pablo can bring to us. The club were trying to finalise the deal and I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted. I think there was some legal issues there to get done, but our intention still is to keep him
[On Soares] That was the plan from the start [to sign him permanently], but he’s been so, so unlucky. He was injured when he joined, then he had a fracture in his nose. He hasn’t played at all for us. But we think he is a player who will improve and help the squad depth so hopefully we can do it as well.
It is very complicated. The timing of it and some of the legal issues that are involved with that. The club is trying to finalise everything in the next few hours. We have no choice, we have to do it - and even more with the injuries we’ve had. So we are trying to resolve this. I am confident that we can do it. I hope so.
2020 06 24 Retrieve
[Arteta says Saka set for new Arsenal deal] I am very positive that everything is going to be done with Bukayo very shortly. The communications between the club, agents and the family has been going on for months and is very fluent. The player and family knows how much trust I have in him. I think he is just showing that every week and his consistency level is getting better and better. I’m so excited with the young players that we have. They just need the right environment around them to explode and Bukayo is doing that even in difficult circumstances which is even more merit for him
What I know about Emi is the way he prepares himself, how patient he has been and how much he has been waiting for this opportunity. When you do that, you expect when the opportunity comes to perform and put everything that you have done in the past into the next few games to help the team and make yourself proud that it was the right decision to stay, work and behave the way he has over the years in the club.
[When asked whether he believes Martinez has what it takes to put pressure on Leno for the No 1 spot] Of course he has. If not you wouldn’t be the No 2 goalkeeper at Arsenal. The No 2 goalkeeper at Arsenal has to be ready to play, not just to be a backup player and when you are needed, to make the difference for your team.
2020 06 24b Retrieve
[Arteta issues Guendouzi warning as he calls on players to respect Arsenal’s values] More personal issues or behaviours, I like to deal with them on a personal level, in the dressing room, and don’t make them public. Obviously I don’t like it, but I don’t like either to put words in the newspaper, or use somebody to put words in the newspaper for you to talk about what has been happening on the pitch, because if 22 players do that every three days that will be a circus. It’s not about learning, it’s about experiencing certain things and some behaviours that you expect as a manager, as a club, to represent each other, and ways to show frustration or happiness. We have so many different cultures in our team, they’ve been educated in different ways and I have to understand and accept that as well. But we need to know that we have a route, we have certain ways, we have some values and you have to be within that.
You can’t cut edges off players, you have to be clear what you expect and publicly as well, what they have to represent. But that drive, that aggression that sometimes a player has to show is part of why they are football players and why they are competing at this level
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta has alluded to internal issues to explain the decision to bench Matteo Guendouzi on Thursday] Squad management. Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately. The needs of the team and the football club are always the same - put the best players on the pitch who are 100 per cent focused on winning the game
2020 06 25b Retrieve
[Arsenal stop the rot as Nketiah and Willock reward ruthless Arteta] Until we start to win football games the Champions League objective is too far at the moment. My only focus is going to Southampton to win, to lift the players and for them to start believing again
2020 06 25c Retrieve
[A poor performance at Manchester City, one which happened amid all the uncertainty of contract talks, was not going to change Arteta’s mind] David is someone who is very honest, straightforward. My opinion hasn’t changed from the moment I joined the team and it won’t change because of a difficult performance
2020 06 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s ascent to become Premier League champions under Jurgen Klopp has given Mikel Arteta belief that he can plot a similar revival at Arsenal] They’ve come so far as a club and as a team in the last few seasons. I think they set a very clear club culture that they have been able to transmit to the supporters and generate belief. I think they have a very clear philosophy with the way they want to play, the way they approach every game, and then they’ve got some really good recruitment. Starting from the staff and the coach and all the players they signed, they are specifically for the way they want to play so congratulations to them
[Asked whether Liverpool are an inspiration for Arsenal] Well, yes, because they were in a very difficult position four years ago and they made a lot of right decisions – some difficult decisions, some unpopular decisions but the right decisions for them. They have been very consistent with their messages, very clear messages from top to bottom, and a ruthless mentality to go every game with the mentality to win the game
[FA Cup glory may be Arteta’s most realistic goal this term too given his side are 11 points adrift of the Champions League places with the Gunners set to face Sheffield United in the quarter-finals on Sunday] We are very excited. It is a competition that is very linked to this football club – that has won it more times than anybody else in this country. The players are excited, having the chance to go to Wembley even if it’s empty, it’s such a special occasion so we’ll try hard. We’re going to face a difficult opponent for sure but the boys are excited about it
2020 06 27b Retrieve
[Arteta warns Arsenal stars amid Guendouzi exit reports] All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset. I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively and that is my job
[On whether the meeting involving Guendouzi took place earlier in the week] As I said in the press conference [after Southampton], whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Guendouzi out, Partey in? Why Arteta should cash-in on Arsenal’s ‘Golden Boy’] All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset. I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively and that is my job. Whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public
To predict what is going to happen in the transfer window is impossible. You can see one or two clubs doing these sorts of deals, but the rest is really, really quiet. We have to assess the financial situation that we have. The results and where we finish in the season will dictate whether we have a narrow gap or a bigger gap to do any deals
2020 06 28b Retrieve
[Arsenal record signing Pepe has finally clicked for the Gunners] I’m very excited about what he’s bringing to the team. I think he has made a click, I think he realises what he needs to do for the team as well when we don’t have the ball. I’m so pleased today, if you see his defensive action it’s incredible what he was doing, and then with the ball he gives us the creativity, the flair that big teams need. He’s always unpredictable when he has the ball. He is going in the right direction.
I really like him. From the past, I didn’t know him personally but I think he is a player with incredible potential, but he needs to be decisive in every game. He needs to take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit and he can’t do that. I will be very persistent with him to try and change that because if he is at his best he is a player who can make the difference for the team
It’s very important to try to understand the player, his feelings, how hard it has been for him to adapt to a new country and a language that he doesn’t understand and he cannot speak to his team-mates. But he is very willing, he’s such nice boy, he’s always smiling, he’s always positive around everybody. He’s a bit of a free spirit, but that’s good because you need those kind of characters in your team and now he’s showing his commitment to us. I don’t know how he was feeling before, we just try to produce the right environment for players and treat them a little bit individually for their needs. Hopefully we are in the right direction with Nico and he can feel he has our total support and the only aim for us to to try and improve him and make him decisive for the team
2020 06 28c Retrieve
[Arteta delighted with ‘evolving’ Arsenal youngsters after sealing FA Cup semi-final spot] They [Arsenal’s young players] are evolving and they are really willing and finding a lot of personality to play. You can see the way they played and Eddie [Nketiah] as well the way he came on and fights with everybody, he doesn’t care. I really like that
[After back-to-back defeats to resume their halted Premier League season, Arsenal have rebounded with a top-flight win against Southampton and their cup success versus the Blades] We really needed that, we played four away games after the coronavirus [break], which is not an easy thing to do in the Premier League and hopefully we can get some momentum going now
[The Spaniard says Arsenal remain very much a work-in-progress] We still have a massive gap to fill in, we have to improve many departments a lot, we have to respect the process. It’s been really difficult, stop-start, stop-start, but we’ll get it right. I’m convinced of that, we just need a little bit of time that’s all
It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe. It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe. I knew Sheffield United were going to have moments. They are so good at their game plans and putting teams under pressure. We conceded form a long throw which is so hard to defend. But we were able to win the game
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos’ injury-time strike saw Arsenal squeeze past Sheffield United 2-1 in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday] I am really pleased. It is a really tough place to come and we got the result we wanted. We fought right until the end and I really liked the attitude of the team. They are really good at what they do. They put you under pressure all the time with their direct play. They put you in trouble. We dealt with that really well but you know at some stage you are going to suffer. We did but the reaction straight away was really good
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Arteta issues warning to Arsenal fans over Saliba expectations] I know how high the expectations are on him for next year but we have to bear in mind the age that he’s at and what he’s done in the past. We have to make sure we create the right environment for him so he can keep growing as a player.
[While he was sidelined, Saliba spent some time at Arsenal and has been in contact with Arteta since he replaced Unai Emery in December] I’ve spoken with him a few times. He’s been around here a few times as well. We’ve been following him this season. Again, as a young player he had a difficult season with the injuries he’s had but it’s part of his process
[Arsenal have been in talks with Saint-Etienne ahead of the game, with the French club keen for Saliba to be involved - but the situation has been complicated as the defender’s loan ends on Tuesday, June 30] I think he needs to stay there, we’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne. He’s been all year over there, he’s earned his right to play that final if the manager wants him to do that. I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after.
2020 06 30b Retrieve
[Arsenal manager Arteta still regularly seeks advice from Man City boss Guardiola] We have spoken a few times in recent weeks. Facing them again in the semi-final is a tricky one but look at the level of the teams who are involved in the competition. If you want to win the title, you have to beat the best teams and if we want to do that we have to beat City. Yeah, he’s a person that I have huge respect and admiration [for] and we talk about a lot of things. When I need advice or I want him to support me he’s always there and willing to help me. For me it’s great to have someone like him around
[Both youngsters are out of contract in June 2021, with Saka linked to the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, while Southampton are said to be monitoring Balogun’s situation, but Arteta is confident of tying both players down to long-term contracts] I am not worried because I know that the club is doing their best to try to keep them. Hopefully we can have some good news about them very soon. They know my opinion on them and how much I like working with them, the intention that I have in the future with them. I see them really committed and hopefully we can find the right agreement for both parties and move on, because I think there’s a great future ahead of us with these kids.
2020 07 01 Retrieve
[Mesut Ozil: Mikel Arteta says Arsenal midfielder’s wage does not affect team selection] That (Ozil’s contract) is an agreement that the player and club were happy to do, to move ahead and it is never something that I question. I think players are paid whatever they deserve because there are two parties here and that should never be something I have to judge. I believe that he’s not very happy because he’s not playing. But as well he picked up an injury the other day and we have to wait and see how he evolves. I’m expecting a player that is not playing to feel hurt and disappointed. I want all my players at their best and to have the ability to be able to pick them to help the squad as much as possible and that’s the only intention I have. I know him really well because I played with him. Mesut has unique qualities. He is a very special player for the position he plays, how specific he is in the qualities that he has and what he can bring to the team. I don’t think much has changed. Obviously he adapted to the league and he needed some time but he started to perform pretty quickly and he established himself in this league for a long time, something that is not easy to do
2020 07 01b Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka: Mikel Arteta to demand more from youngster following new Arsenal deal] He is the player that represents every value that this football club stands for. He’s come through the academy, so big credit to everyone who has been involved in the process of developing the player and the person that he is today. He’s come into my hands, our hands, really mature, really focused and really well developed in his knowledge about what he needs to do in the game, and it was really important for me to keep him and have big belief in him. From now on, I will be demanding more because he can give us more and more hopefully in the future
Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.
2020 07 02 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta says Arsenal ‘cannot’ sell best players] We don’t know how the market is going to be. Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big, as well the way we are going to finish the season is going to dictate things financially as well. So we have to be a bit patient and see what happens. We’ve seen different things. The way that Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to the rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich as well, they’ve been really aggressive. But if you ask me, we cannot be a team that has to sell his player to try and bring in and improve his squad - that’s for sure
When we played with Robin he used to be the difference for us every week. I always say that he’s probably the striker I have enjoyed most playing with because of his intelligence, the overall quality to play in any position and area of the field, and as well the quality of his finishing and movement. But now we have the luck of having Auba - a player that can do that in any moment of the game and we have to feed him and put him in the right position as much as possible in the games to help us win as many
2020 07 02b Retrieve
[Wigner Adama Traore has played a key role in Wolves winning all three of their games since the restart] I always saw an incredible potential that the moment he could develop or evolve in certain areas of his game, he would be unstoppable to play against at times. When he gets the service in the right moments and he gets isolated, he’s a player that’s so difficult defend. He’s showing that and he’s doing it in a constant way right now, something that for a very talented forward player is not easy to do
2020 07 02c Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang willing to stay at Arsenal] He is willing to stay with us. He is really happy where he is. He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve as well some parts of his game he might feel he can improve. We are pushing him every day. I leave that to the football club and the senior people that finalise the contracts. Auba knows really well what my thoughts are towards him and the project that I want to create, and how much he is part of that. And after that it is not in my hands
A player that is able to score as many goals as he has done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us. Players that can make the difference in any moment in the game every three days in competitions. That is a big task and he has done that at different clubs. [I hope he can score] at least another 100 but I don’t know. I am not a magician.
What he has achieved today to be the fastest to score 50 in the whole history of this club tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing, on trying to help the team. He’s decided to be better and better every day. So hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.
[Saka represents values of Arsenal] Well, I think he is the player that represents every value that this football club stands for. He’s come through the academy, so big credit to everyone who has been involved in the process of developing the player and the person that he is today. He’s come into my hands, our hands, really mature, really focused and really well developed in his knowledge about what he needs to do in the game, and it was really important for me to keep him and have big belief in him. From now on, I will be demanding more because he can give us more and more hopefully in the future
[Arteta hints at Ceballos deal] Both clubs have been in communication. I really like Dani and what he brings to the team. When I joined he wasn’t available because he had a difficult injury, but he’s understanding what we’re trying to do really, really nicely and he has big personality to play and take the ball in any area of the field and give us the continuity that we need as a team to control the games better, but as well without the ball. The running that he’s putting in, the tackles, every time with the interceptions, his desire to win that ball back and help the team, he’s improved so much and he looks a really good player at the moment
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[Dani Ceballos: Could his creativity fill the Mesut Ozil void at Arsenal?] I really like Dani and what he brings to the team. He’s understanding what we’re trying to do really, really nicely. He has a big personality to play and take the ball in any area of the field and give us the continuity that we need as a team to control the games better. But as well without the ball. The running that he’s putting in, the tackles, every time with the interceptions, the desire to win that ball back and help the team… He has improved so much and he looks a really good player
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[Arsenal boosted their chances of securing European football for next season with a comprehensive 4-0 win over relegation-threatened Norwich] It’s been a really difficult season since I joined with the amount of games that we’ve had in December and then the break that we’ve had in lockdown, but they are so willing and they are completely onboard with what we are trying to do. A lot of things that happened today will convince them even more that this is the right direction for us to take as a team, and we still have to work on many things like the way we handle the game in certain moments. We cannot give anything to the opponent and we gave that again tonight, but overall I’m really happy with the attitude and as well with their understanding of the game and what the game requires for them to control it and exploit the opponent as much as we can
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[Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta on Aubameyang] The way he works everyday he decided to get better. Hopefully he’s here for longer. He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve
I leave that to the football club. Auba knows really well my thoughts towards him, the project I want to create and that I want him in that. I am positive and I will remain positive but things have to progress
2020 07 03 Retrieve
[Gabriel Martinelli: Arsenal forward signs new long-term contract] I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us. He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate. We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club
2020 07 03b Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta interview: Arsenal must build on progress in ‘vital’ summer] That is the reason why we do what we do. It’s good that these things actually happen in games because it helps to convince the players and it’s a reward for the effort that they are putting in. Those are the areas we want to press the ball, that’s how we want to do it, and this is how aggressive we want the side to be
I would still like to see it in a more consistent way, with more speed and more intent at times. But the structure is getting there, whether we are playing with one formation or another, and so is the flexibility, the rotation of positions, the movement and the patterns of play. There are some good signs
[Those signs were not immediately apparent in the wake of Arsenal’s losses to Manchester City and Brighton following the restart] It was difficult to handle, after three months of lockdown when the players were so willing, getting hit in the face straight away
At Brighton, I think at moments we played really, really well. We completely dominated and should have gone two or three-nil up. But then we gave the opponent the game in seven minutes. We cannot accept that. But the response was really good. We can never fault the players’ effort, how much they are trying, it’s just about competing in certain moments
From then on, we needed another step in terms of commitment, of aggression, of willingness, of trying to be better, and we won three games in a row against very difficult sides
[doubts remain over the future of Aubameyang - despite Arteta’s insistence] I know that the situation that we have at the club and the context that we are in, but the club knows my plan. In January, the situation was that we had to fill some gaps and give some stability to the squad. Now is the moment to make another step forward and improve the squad and the players that we have
Yes, absolutely. We have a very strong group [working on signings] and the communication is really clear, not only with [head of football] Raul [Sanllehi], [managing director] Vinai [Venkatsham], [contract negotiator] Huss [Fahmy] and [technical director] Edu, but also with the ownership about where we want to go
The margin for error is very, very small. The gap between the two top teams and the rest is really, really big and everybody is trying to catch up. The competition is between six, seven, eight, maybe even nine clubs now to fight for those positions, so we have to be very smart and we have to be very decisive when we make our decisions
I learned then how important it is that everybody buys into what you are doing if you want to create something long-term. We weren’t able to change what we had to change in the first season, but we were able to do that in the second season. We were very aggressive and suddenly everything clicked and everything changed
First you have to identify where you can get better, but then you need everyone to be willing and to make a big effort to do it, because the process can be very slow or it can be very quick. That depends on how strong you are in your decision-making, and whether someone is doubting because a few results don’t go their way, or whether they are even more aggressive, they can see what you are trying to do and they support you totally
[Backing Luiz, supporting Saliba] His attitude and the way he has behaved with everybody at the club, not just in easy moments but in difficult moments, tells me everything about the person. He knows the role he has here. You can ask any player in the team how he is with his team-mates, what he brings to the table, and how willing he is to do well at this football club
He made a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea with two years left on his contract. It was a complicated decision to change clubs in London like that. But he felt it was the right move and that is the type of character he is. I will keep pushing him, keep trying to make him better and stop his weaknesses so that all the positive things he has can flourish
[Mikel Arteta on William Saliba] I’m sure about how he is going to treat him, how he is going to look after him, how he is going to guide him. The young players need stable players around them with experience who have lots of leadership. The way David supports them is very important to us
I am excited to work with him but I am worried about the expectations because I know how difficult it is to play as a central defender in this country.
It is one of the most complicated positions here. The step is really, really big. William had a really positive season last year, but he has had a really difficult one this year with injuries. We know where the potential is, but to fulfil that potential every three days at the highest level is a different task
He is, in my opinion, in phase one or two of his development. He has a lot of things to learn but hopefully, we can give him the right environment to make that process very quick. I know the player. He has the right mentality, the right attitude, the right physique. But he needs to fit in and that’s something nobody knows until the moment he lands in that dressing room
I am always very optimistic. I didn’t expect this many challenges in the first six months here, but it’s part of our job. There are always a lot of unexpected things that arise. We just have to try to solve them in the best possible way, be positive and move forward
2020 07 05 Retrieve
[Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal have to have contract talks with striker] We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his ideas and his feelings. As I said, I am really happy with him. He’s a player that I’ve always liked, even when I wasn’t here, because of what he brings to the team: his qualities, his ability, his work rate. So let’s see. Now we are in a crucial moment. It’s no time to talk about a lot of contract situations. We still have time and we will do it in the right moment
I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. It’s not about winning one game. I think we need to go game-by-game. A few weeks ago, we were really far from even thinking about Europe and now we are a little bit closer at the moment. So let’s go game-by-game and see where it takes us. Now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can. We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season, so we are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.
2020 07 05b Retrieve
[Arsenal brought Wolves’ charge for the top four to a screeching halt with goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette giving the Gunners a 2-0 win at Molineux] I am delighted with the performance, with the shift the players put in, with the energy that we played, the fight for every single ball from the first minute to the last minute from every player that touched that grass so that’s why we’re demanding. There were a few moments that were good in play, the goals that we scored were really good as well. We have moments that we have to improve, how we manage the games and how we dictate the games better, mostly in the second half but we will get there. At least the spirit and how everybody approaches the game, they go full gas with every ball. It [the result] gives us a lift, it gives us momentum and it’s four wins in a row, which is not easy to do with all the situations and circumstances we have had. We will try to recover to go again against Leicester and try to win a game, that’s all we can do. This team is alive and it’s going to be alive when they enjoy to suffer together and if they are able to do that, good things will come up.
2020 07 05c Retrieve
[The victory puts Arsenal right back into contention for a European spot - currently in seventh and three points behind Wolves - and Mikel Arteta was delighted with the fight his side showed on Saturday] I am delighted with the performance, with the shift the players put in, with the energy that we played, the fight for every single ball from the first minute to the last minute from every player that touched that grass. That’s what we’re demanding. There were a few moments that were good in play, the goals that we scored were really good as well. We have moments that we have to improve, how we manage the games and how we dictate the games better, mostly in the second half but we will get there. At least the spirit and how everybody approaches the game, they go full gas with every ball. It [the result] gives us a lift, it gives us momentum and it’s four wins in a row, which is not easy to do with all the situations and circumstances we have had. We will try to recover to go again against Leicester and try to win a game, that’s all we can do
This team is alive and it’s going to be alive when they enjoy to suffer together and if they are able to do that, good things will come up
[Speaking about Saka] It was a difficult first half in that position I asked him to play, he struggled a little bit. But he found the right moment and that’s what he can do. Every time he’s in the box, he’s a very dangerous player and he got rewarded with a goal, he didn’t put his head down, he kept working and helped the team to win the points
2020 07 07 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos: Mikel Arteta keen to keep on-loan Real Madrid midfielder at Arsenal] I am really happy with him. I love how much he likes to play football, the passion he puts into every training session and in every game. His celebrations, whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, he puts his life into it. I am really happy with him. I love how much he likes to play football, the passion he puts into every training session and in every game
He’s evolving the right way and has become a really important player for us.
We are talking to the club - obviously we don’t own the player, it’s not in our hands. The clubs need to have communication and see what we can do
2020 07 08 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss angered by Eddie Nketiah’s dismissal and Jamie Vardy let-off] I am extremely proud of the team - the way we played, against this type of opposition, and how dominant we were. In the first half we should have gone three- or four-nil up and killed the game. With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid. But if that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes. That has to be a red card as well [Arteta was referring to a clash between Vardy and Shkodran Mustafi in which the Leicester striker struck the Arsenal defender with a flailing boot just above the eye]
[Arteta added in his post-match press conference] If we review incidents of that type, we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game completely. If Eddie is a red card, then for sure the other one is a red card
[The Gunners had impressed before the interval, creating a glut of chances, but were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy] We lost two points which we completed deserved. We need to learn. Against this type of opposition, when you have them you have to kill them
2020 07 08b Retrieve
[Jamie Vardy’s late goal helped Leicester to snatch a late 1-1 draw against 10-man Arsenal with VAR once again playing its part] I am extremely proud of the team - the way we played, against this type of opposition, and how dominant we were. In the first half we should have gone three or four-nil up and killed the game. With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid. But if that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes [when Vardy caught Shkodran Mustafi in the face with a stray foot]. That has to be a red card as well. We lost two points which we completed deserved. We need to learn. Against this type of opposition, when you have them you have to kill them
[Arsenal of old might have crumbled after Vardy’s leveller, there was certainly no lack of fight as they battled to hold on for a point] You can see the effort, the intensity and the quality that the players are putting in. That’s why I’m extremely proud of them
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[Signs of progress for Arsenal] You can see the effort, the intensity and the quality that the players are putting in. That’s why I’m extremely proud of them
2020 07 09b Retrieve
[Arsenal fail with Eddie Nketiah red card appeal after sending off in Leicester draw] With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid. But if that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes. That [Vardy’s challenge] has to be a red card as well
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss says Jose Mourinho is still a world class manager] Absolutely [he’s still a world class manager]. They have had some up and downs, but overall you can clearly see what he wants to bring to the club. He manages the energy, the momentum and established a really strong culture in strong football club that does it. I have huge respect for Jose and what he’s trying to do. He makes sure that he wins and he has won at every single club he has been. I’m sure he will be successful. It will take him a bit of time. He has a very clear way of playing and how he manages games. Clean sheets is a big part of what he wants to do. They have had a lot of injuries, that’s a big disadvantage that they have. I know that he has done it [before]. I know people who have worked with him, he always finds a way to be successful. I’m sure he will do it again
[Mourinho can end Spurs’ trophyless run] Yes, but they have been really close. They have come so far as a club and as a team and they have been competing with top teams in Champions League finals, which is a huge thing to do. That’s probably one of the reasons that they have brought Jose in, because of his experience in dealing with those situations and having that extra edge to become a winning team
[Sunday’s game will be refereed by Michael Oliver, the VAR official who came under fire from Mourinho after he ruled out a Harry Kane goal against Sheffield United last week] I never have any concern about the decision of the referee. Nowadays, everything’s so professional, dedicated and they’re under so much pressure and criticism. I know they try their best with the decisions that they have to make. They’re getting more and more complicated because of the speed of the game and how quickly they have to react, and the pressure they have with the new VAR system as well. We’re here to support them, we need them, they’re a big part of that. Now we complain that we don’t have the fans and we realise how important they are, maybe one day we won’t have referees and we’re going to say, ‘Wow, they were crucial for this game to work’.
2020 07 11 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta happy to help Kieran Tierney settle in at Arsenal] I am very impressed with him. Just how he was acting and working on his rehab. Everybody loves him at the club and it is not a coincidence, he earns that every single day: the way he treats people, the way he works around the way, the energy he brings to the place. Then with his performances I am delighted. He has adapted really well. He is a player that gives you everything in every session and every game and the quality as well that he is adding. You help him with pleasure because of what he brings, how willing he is all the time to work, improve and give his maximum to the team
He had a really difficult period because of the injuries, because he moved to a different city, a different context that he had in Glasgow with a club that was winning all the time and where he was very settled. It was a challenge for him. He has been dealing with that in the best possible way, with some difficulties. He needed the club to support him, he needed his team-mates to make life easier for him. We are all trying to help him.
2020 07 12 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta rues defeat to Spurs as Jose Mourinho sets sights on Europa League] We are really sad, we wanted to give our fans a moment of glory and happiness. We tried our best, I am really proud of my players. I’ve never seen us play like this before, dominating an opponent as much as we did today. But we gave them a goal again, conceded at a set-piece and at that level you cannot do that. The game was ours, we had total control. They didn’t generate anything, every time we pressed, they couldn’t come out ball after ball. It’s difficult to attack a low block like this, but we created enough chances. But the small details cost us and that is the biggest part we have to address as a team. We will keep trying to improve and coach the players to get that [the mistakes] out of their head. It happened today and when it happens in big games the margin isn’t big enough to win games
We played the way we wanted to play, the way we want to come to any ground and put the performance we put in, to dominate the opponent. We will move forward and continue that way. It’s a massive blow, the players are gutted. You saw the effort they put in. We came here to win, that is the game plan we had. To lose it, it will take a few days to swallow that one because we know how much it means to our fans.
2020 07 13 Retrieve
[Arsenal’s progress under Mikel Arteta undermined by defence] I have never seen them nullify an opponent like they did today. but we gave them a goal again and we concede a set piece. At that level, you cannot do it. The game was ours. We had total control. Every time we pressed the ball they could not come out, we regained the ball. It is difficult to attack a low block like this but we generated enough chances. Again, small details cost us and that is one of the biggest things we need to improve as a team
[…] We will keep trying to coach them and coach them
2020 07 13b Retrieve
[Jose Mourinho tasted victory in his first north London derby as Tottenham came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday] We are really sad, we wanted to give our fans a moment of glory and happiness. We tried our best, I am really proud of my players. I’ve never seen us play like this before, dominating an opponent as much as we did today. But we gave them a goal again, conceded at a set piece and at that level you cannot do that. The game was ours, we had total control. They didn’t generate anything. But the small details cost us and that is the biggest part we have to address as a team. It’s a massive blow, the players are gutted. You saw the effort they put in. We came here to win, that is game plan we had. To lose it, it will take a few days to swallow that one because we know how much it means to our fans
2020 07 14 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will try to emulate Liverpool ‘our way, with our resources’] Obviously, it took them some time to rebuild the squad and to create a new culture, a new philosophy, and a game model that suited the coach. They started to recruit every single player in relation to what they needed and I think where they were really smart is they bought a specificity for every position that was required. And financially they had big backing and made some big signings, which completely changed the club. The context right now is different to what it was four years ago and the abilities for a club to rebuild something are more limited, but certainly it is something we have to look at, how they did it, because it’s a great example. But we know we have to do it our way with our resources, having in mind the context right now is different. But we are heading to be the best, that is my only objective with this club, and we have to find a way to do it.
if you look at the last games and the way they have played, and the line-ups they are putting out, you can tell they are coming here with total commitment and trying to win. The result they had at (Man) City (a 4-0 defeat), it could have been completely different, and you cannot question the attitude, the energy of that team, in any minute of any game. That is probably one of the non-negotiables they have and you can see that in every game
I believe it is important to have momentum going into important matches and in order to do that, you have to go game by game. We will assess how the players are - a lot of them have played crazy minutes up to now and we have games every two and a half days. But we will have the strongest team possible here (for Liverpool) and again on Saturday.
2020 07 15 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta: Arsenal head coach says missing European football would be a ‘massive blow’] For everybody [it would be] a massive blow. But a lot of things change and a lot of things of changing. And a lot of clubs that were always in their history in the Champions League are now not, so we are not the only ones in that situation. It’s never in the history of the Premier League that you had seven teams at that level competing for those places. These records are there to break, so it’s something that has happened, so obviously we need to know that there is a reason behind it. It’s not bad luck, it’s not one element or two elements. It’s a lot of things that have to be changed in order to accomplish again the level that we want for this football club.
[Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney in action] I’m so happy for him. It’s been a difficult period for him since he moved, just trying to adapt to a new club, a new city, with the injuries that he had. His effort, his energy and his willingness is paying off, and it always does long term. So it’s a very clear example that if you keep fighting, keep achieving your goals and you work hard and you are always humble and you are always positive and trying to help, things come your way
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[Arteta: City deserve Champions League] There is no question about what happened. They completely deserve to be in the Champions League because what they done on the pitch is unquestionable - and the regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong. So, you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent. They are going to be in the Champions League and they deserve it for what they do on the pitch and what they do outside the pitch
2020 07 15c Retrieve
[Mesut Ozil: What is going on with Arsenal midfielder?] Can Arsenal form a team around him? At the moment, it’s at the stage where you can’t do that. They’re not going to change the team for him. He’ll pick up his £350,000-a-week and everything is rosy for him. They have to come to a deal with him; maybe he’ll take £200k a week somewhere else. I don’t know how this gets resolved though. Does he want to play football? If he loves football, he has to come to a deal with Arsenal, but it’s easy to say that. Nobody wants to lose £150k a week, no matter how much you earn! Who is mad enough to throw that money away, no matter who you are?
2020 07 16 Retrieve
[Mikel Arteta uncertain whether Arsenal will receive transfer market backing] It’s a big concern. You can see how [Liverpool] build their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players. And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge. It’s a massive job. You only have to look at the difference between the two teams - it’s enormous. The gap in many areas we can’t improve it in two months but the gap between the accountability, the energy, the commitment and the fight between the two teams is now equal. Before it wasn’t like this. I’m very proud of that. The rest will take some time but at least we’ve got that now and my message to the players is with that we can create something
2020 07 17 Retrieve
[Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta urges caution over fans return] Obviously things are evolving differently in different countries. I think we have to be patient. We are all desperate to have our people back in the stadiums and make football what it is again. But obviously we have to create a safe environment for people to join and my opinion is that it would be gradual. The sooner the better, but let’s be careful