Mikel Arteta was in front of the media this (Thursday) morning, ahead of the match against Newcastle United.
Arsenal will go level on points with fourth placed West Ham if winning the 12.30pm Saturday kick-off game.
Needless to say, with Newcastle United the next opponents, this Mikel Arteta press conference was not a normal one.
The Arsenal boss quizzed on what he thought about the NUFC takeover…
Closer to home, the Arsenal fans are at it yet again.
Mikel Arteta delivered an FA Cup within months of becoming manager and at least to an outsider, it looks as though he is getting things heading in the right direction in the Premier League, as well as the cups.
Before last weekend, in their last ten matches Mikel Arteta had won eight and drawn two, into the last eight of the League Cup and fifth in the Premier League.
Yet a predictable defeat at Anfield last weekend has seen so many Arsenal fans with the knives out yet again for a Gunners boss…so amusing seeing comments such as demands that Mikel Arteta will have to resign if losing to Newcastle United. Here’s hoping that we do find out what he’d do in those circumstances…
Mikel Arteta press conference ahead of Arsenal v Newcastle – 25 November 2021:
Any new injuries:
“No, no news. Everyone is fine so far.”
Reaction after losing 4-0 at Anfield:
“We have to show it on Saturday, in front of our people and go into that game with that mentality and the preparation is important but what is more important is perform well, play as good as we can and then we will be close to winning the match.”
Newcastle’s poor record at the Emirates…
“Let’s keep that going!
“But it is a new game, obviously there are so changes happening there, you can see the momentum that is building and it is different. You see the last game they played as well [against Brentford] you saw some different things: new manager, new coaching staff, so let’s be prepared.”
Eddie Howe’s appointment…
“That’s what they have decided.
“I admired Eddie for what he has done in the league, his style of play and the coaching staff as well, so I’m sure they will be fully prepared.”
on how difficult it is for Howe to manage the team when he has to isolate…
“We have the technology now to try to do as much as we can, but I would imagine he found it really hard as well for the moment he joined for that to happen. I think it was very [unfortunate] but I’m sure they found a way.”
on the flashpoint with Jurgen Klopp…
“I think you have to be spontaneous, and do what you do. I will always defend my club, my team and the players on the pitch.”
on the game against Newcastle…
“Really looking forward to the game.
“After a defeat we want to play straight away in a different context.
“We are on a good run, we play at home, we will have our people right behind us and we are going to perform well. First of all play as well as we can and then we will be closer to winning the match.”
on seeing Joe Willock again…
“Yeah, I think it will be really nice to have him, we all love and like Joe.
“Obviously it was a difficult decision to make to let him go, but I think he’s shown that’s what he needs as well to play the minutes that he’s finding there and find a new challenge.”
on if he’s spoken to Joe…
“Yes, not this week, but I have done it before and he knows the reception he’s going to get.”
on if Newcastle’s position reflects their ability…
“For what I’ve seen of them, no, and for what I’ve seen of them in the last few games as well, there were crucial moments in games where the game could have gone in a completely different way.
“We know the attacking threat that they have, they have players that can hurt you in the last 30 metres of the pitch and we’re gonna have to be really conscious of that and play as well as we can.”
on whether the club opposed the Newcastle takeover…
“I cannot say much.
“I think we have regulators that have to decide who can own a football club or not.
“They’ve gone through the system, and now Newcastle have new owners. I think they have fulfilled the critereas needed, and that’s it. That’s what the regulators should do.”
on his personal view of the takeover…
“I think we are guided by the regulators, and whatever we think is better or not is not very relevant.”