Every word from Arteta’s post-Villa presser | Press conference | News

Mikel Arteta was delighted with his players’ reaction to keeping a 100 per cent record intact after a 2-1 win over Aston Villa after seeing us declare victory again after a setback.

After our five-game winning streak this season, the manager was in good spirits at his press conference and answered a lot of questions about the game, injuries and transfers.

Read everything he has to say below:

Five wins from five games…

We’re obviously really happy because we won the football we deserved. The way we perform and play, we need to continue. Again, we have a lot of room for improvement, and you can see that in the second half, but the way we played in the first half, the number of chances, how much we created, our dominance, and as a coach, we generated The energy is really pleasing.

Scored so quickly after losing the ball…

That’s the mindset we want to show as a team, and that’s the character we want to show to react immediately after disappointment. Losing the ball is part of the game, like losing the ball or making a bad move, it’s about the next move, about the next stage. It helps when you’re playing in front of this group of people because the energy they generate is just amazing.

What gives the team confidence after conceding…

Going through positive experiences and overcoming obstacles, it will give you confidence that you can do it. It can be individual, it can be team, and when you start to gain that belief and create those moments, it’s not just yours, that belief is the crowd. When this connection happens, anything is possible.

On using previous experience to inspire us…

Obviously, we try to improve our players, we have to try to improve the team, and in football, there are many factors that are not just technical or tactical. This is another tool we’re developing that we need to keep developing, especially while we’re here, it’s really powerful.

Ruthless in front of goal…

Goal is the hardest thing in football, but today we had some big, big, big chances and we didn’t let them go, but it was clear the intention of the players was to score. I think Gabi Martinelli’s goal is a very difficult technique, the height of the ball, his angle, the way he approaches the ball, he still manages to hit the target, which always gives you chances. We’ve been working on it and I think we’re getting better and, as always, there’s room for improvement.

About Odegaard’s injury…

He’s not playing well, he’s struggling. This is very recent, so we’ll have to see how he recovers in the next few hours.

Regarding Elneny’s injury…

It’s not good news, we still need him to see our experts, but I’m worried we’ll lose Mo for a while.

On whether the injury will affect his plans for the deadline…

Apparently it had an impact because Thomas [Partey] Injured, we were a little short in that position. We have Sambi and Granit to play there, but we’re looking at options on the market. The club has always been very supportive of us to improve the squad and the squad as much as possible and if there are the right players and we can do it, we will try.

On whether there is still a lot of money in the bank…

I’m not a financial guy and I think it’s someone else’s problem!

Regarding Aaron Ramsdale’s injury…

What I think he feels, I don’t know exactly what. He managed to finish the game, but he’s another guy we have to assess.

About Thomas Patty’s injury…

He’ll be away for a while, but we don’t know how long that period will last. Obviously, this isn’t his first injury in that area, so it’s a recurring injury, so the doctors need to put a schedule on it to see how he’s doing.

Regarding the midfield question…

We’re well protected in that position, and now we’re more at risk, but we have to be more prepared for uncertainty. Injuries, suspensions and stuff like that can happen, especially this season, which is really weird for a World Cup. We do our best to stop things from happening, but sometimes it’s not easy.

About Fu An…

We’re really glad we loaded him up for a few minutes and he responded very well. He’s been training for a couple of weeks now with no issues and it’s the first time he’s been able to do that in the last six or seven months and you can see how he came on today – I think he’s really good Great.

On balance and leagues in Europe…

I’ve been thinking about it, but with what happened with Mo and Thomas, things can happen and then your intentions aren’t something you can do. It’s about what’s available on the day and how the players feel, but of course we want to give teams a chance because they really deserve it.

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