With the return of the English Premier League fast approaching, Mikel Arteta offered insight into how he reconfigured our squad in Dubai and what he and the coaching staff did to prepare during the World Cup.
Our head coach revealed how much he enjoys watching the tournament and taking time out from football to study the changes that are taking place within the game.
“I get to watch football a lot and it’s a good opportunity for us coaches to understand how the game develops and what other coaches are trying to do. We’ve had our players with different national teams so I was keen for them to be good and to be involved. It was good!”
“The coaching staff and I talked about a few things. The first thing was that we needed a break, and it was almost mandatory for each of them to get a break. Then we decided to analyze what we had been doing in the early part of the season to understand where we were. Is “It’s something we need to keep doing? Are there things we can still develop? We’ve also got other people to rate us as well. We looked at other sports and then it’s time to prepare for the season we had in Dubai with friendlies.”
Reflecting on their recent trip to Dubai, Arteta revealed how much he appreciated the opportunity to give minutes to more players and how much the team loved changing the environment.
“We had a lot of players in the World Cup. We only had ten players here at Colney, so the fact that we were able to change the environment, was fantastic. We allowed some families to be involved and spend time with us as well. We trained hard. We played a couple of very competitive games.” We can charge players with minutes. It was great.”
“[Our players] I loved him, obviously. Spending four weeks here in London and trying to loosen it up a bit is something they really appreciated. It also worked because some players moved directly from Qatar to Dubai. It was a good decision.”
The World Cup, unfortunately, led to the injury of our Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, which Mikel dealt with, in addition to the presence of two players who are about to return.
“It’s a big blow for us, obviously. He’s a very important player: he brought something very different to the team and it’s impossible to replace him. But we have other players and other substitutes and we’ll try to arrange that. The transfer window is another option.”
“I suspect [Jesus] He is a unique but eddy player [Nketiah] He also has incredible qualities for the way we want to play. We have other alternatives where we can play Martinelli up front as well. Right now we’re a little short on positions offered but we’re getting Emile [Smith Rowe] It will be a great comeback.”
With our return just around the corner, Arteta insisted the team is very keen to play the historic ‘Boxing Day’ match with West Ham.
“It is a very special day. Boxing Day is one of the most beautiful days in English football. It is a family and historic day to play football, and we are really eager to get to play again.”
“I know David [Moyes] So good because I worked with him for seven years. I’m sure he worked hard with the team and put high demands on them. They’ve been fantastic since he joined the club and I always think it’s a really tough game.”
The manager sat at the top of the Premier League table, outlining the challenges of maintaining our pre-World Cup level.
“We have to take it game by game. Football changes very quickly and what is very good can be very different in a week. But we know our reality. We know what we are capable of. We deserve the situation we are in now. Now, we have to We do the same for the next 24 games and it’s a big challenge given the level in this league.
“We’ve had some very important additions since last season. We’ve had another year together. It was my first full start since I’ve been in charge here due to two years of COVID. So that’s been really helpful. But having people back on our field has been a game-changer. It’s been Our people are incredibly supportive and connected to our team. It put our team on a different dimension.”
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