Mikel Arteta

Due to the new Covid-19 guidelines, face-to-face news briefings are no longer an option, therefore Mikel Arteta faced the media via Zoom on Friday.

on the latest team news and Emile’s fitness…

Emile has trained today and he was feeling much better after losing him for the last game and hopefully, he will be available to play. The rest [of the squad] is okay.

on when he could see Aaron Ramsdale’s character…

The day I spoke with him for the first time on the phone, that is when I realized he had a special personality and was going to fit in really well with what we are trying to do, and the way we want our players to behave.

on our attacking stats not looking too good and how we can improve…

Practice it more and encourage the players to take more risks, put the ball more often in the box when we have the opportunity to have more bodies there, and start to score the big chances that we have, like the game against Everton.

on whether Aubameyang will start after being benched…

The players and substitutions are always with the intention to improve the team and win the match and that’s all we try to do all the time.

on whether he’s confident that Aubameyang will rediscover his best form…

It’s all about patches, every player has patches and moments, and it’s about trying to make the big moments and the good moments and the form when a player is scoring goals to try and maintain it, and try to reduce to the time when they don’t.

on whether he would be interested in signing Wijnaldum…

We are not going to discuss any players. He isn’t an Arsenal player, sorry.

on if Auba is lacking confidence…

Obviously, when a player is not scoring it’s affecting his confidence, it’s affecting the mood and probably the belief, but you have to rebel against this situation, don’t accept it, and feel sorry for yourself.

on Lacazette’s contract negotiations…

It’s the same as every time that you ask me, nothing has changed.

on if we need to sign a striker…

What we have to do is better the players that we have, this is what we can control and this is our job.

on whether he’s considered selling Auba in January…

Really, we have never discussed something like this, and when players are under difficulty – or the team is under difficulty – what we have to be is supportive.

on news that Eddie Nketiah’s has turned down a new contract…

Well, Eddie has six months left in his contract and we are having discussions with him and the agent to try to find the best possible way. Eddie knows how much I rate him, and I like him – and I would like him to stay at the club.

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