After seeing us document a convincing 4-0 success over Everton, Mikel Arteta was swiftly contained in the Emirates Stadium press convention room to deal with questions from journalists.
He was requested about being 5 factors clear on the prime of the league, the chemistry we now have within the group and the goalscoring exploits of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Here is every thing he needed to say:
on whether or not he’s delighted with the efficiency:
I’m actually pleased. It was a recreation that we had in hand in opposition to an opponent that we knew was going to make life actually tough for us and we anticipated that at Goodison. We began the sport with some frustration and probably not understanding what we needed to do, permitting them to run in sure transitions, however after 25 minutes I believe we begin to get significantly better and the timing of the 2 objectives was key.
We wanted a magic second there and Alex and Bukayo produced that, after which I believe the group grew, particularly with Thomas as a result of Jorginho wasn’t feeling good at the moment. When he got here on he actually gave us some presence and stability to the group and I believe the second half was excellent.
on the resilience and psychological power proven by his squad:
When you take a look at them each single day, you simply really feel how a lot they need it, how a lot they actually need to produce what we ask them to do and the way a lot they need to please our individuals. I had no doubts that we had been going to show issues round in performances and leads to the small particulars that make you win or not win, however I’m actually happy with the place the group is correct now.
on Martinelli and Saka hitting double digits for objectives this season:
It’s a credit score to them as a result of ultimately, they need to do it themselves, however we attempt to assist them with our manner of taking part in by making an attempt to get them in these positions as a lot as doable. They are so keen to be taught, they’re asking for increasingly each single day, they usually by no means have sufficient data, they need extra. They need the house, they need the observe and on the finish when you could have that and you’ve got the expertise that they’ve and the concepts that they’ve, on the finish good issues will occur.
on Zinchenko’s significance on and off the pitch:
That’s why we introduced him right here, as a result of he brings one thing totally different to the group. His mentality and his high quality to do sure issues permits us to be unpredictable and to generate a number of menace each time we’re in ball possession. He’s performed these form of video games in opposition to low blocks 200 instances and that’s very useful.
on Martinelli’s understanding with Trossard:
I believe relationships are in-built groups and that chemistry comes naturally, and once you see him play with Fabio extra collectively, he has much more chemistry as a result of they love one another a lot, they usually have that manner of one another and understanding what’s going to have. He’s additionally constructing that with Leandro and he’s feeling a bit extra freedom to maneuver into sure areas, and now his confidence is excessive once more. He’s scoring objectives, he’s helping objectives and he’s in a very good temper.
on Zinchenko and Saka’s link-up for the primary purpose:
You have to supply these magic moments and as you mentioned, take that initiative and have the mentality that “I’m going to do it on the pitch – I’m not going to attend for anyone else to do it.” When you could have a couple of gamers with the willingness and capability to do this, you could have a greater probability to win extra video games.
on Martinelli and Vieira’s chemistry probably being utilised within the coming weeks:
Yes, for certain.
on if we’re now favourites to win the league:
You know my reply there! What I like is that everyone has the passion to do it, and we’re not going to cease that – we now have to advertise that however the best way to advertise that’s by this recreation and understanding that we now have to do a number of issues higher, particularly within the first half. We can play higher and ensure we put together rather well in opposition to Bournemouth as a result of that’s going to be a tricky recreation.
on no-one envisioning us being on this place at first of the season:
I believe we’re right here as a result of we work how we work and we now have actually good gamers, and we now have an unimaginable reference to our individuals so every thing provides to the desk and we now have to proceed to do this.
on if he’s encouraging the gamers to go for the title:
With my gamers, I’m going to manage what they do within the subsequent hour so they’re higher.
on the important thing to decreasing any pressure:
It is about expectation – the much less video games, you want the factors to win the league and simply to remain centered when you’ll be able to management what you must do and let the remaining occur naturally as a result of it’s one thing that no person else can management.
on Eddie Nketiah limping off post-match:
Hopefully he’s advantageous, he ended the sport properly however he has been carrying a little bit factor.
on the gamers being relentless:
It is one thing that we now have to coach and talk about and construct. It is just not simple, however a number of time it occurs via experiences and more often than not they’re experiences that you simply don’t need to undergo, however the calendar and fixtures are going to present that. Sometimes you might be the place we at the moment are, generally it’s three factors, two factors, minus two – it will occur and we now have to stay with that.
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