Arteta looks ahead to Bournemouth clash - part 2 - My Arsenal Blog

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Arteta looks ahead to Bournemouth clash – part 2

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On whether Ceballos will remain part of his plans:
He needs to get back to fitness and fight for his place like any other team. After that we will make the selection that I think is fair with what I see on the pitch.

On Aubameyang reportedly agreeing a deal with Barcelona:
As far as I know, a week ago after a game at home we were discussing that he said he was so happy and he didn’t agree with the things that were written in the media and he has his future here. That’s what I understand at the moment.

On whether the FA Cup is a good way to get the fans back on side:
When Rob was asking me about the things that we’ve done in this month, I think that one of the important things is creating that connection again with the fans. It’s a long time ago and these people have been here for a long time that we haven’t seen the fans react and support the team how they did against Chelsea. It was incredible and in some stages it was like we were playing at home. The amount of support they gave was incredible in difficult circumstances and I’m so proud that they’re feeling a little bit closer to the team now.

On where the FA Cup stands in his list of priorities:
We’re going to fight for every competition that we’re involved in. I know what it means to this club to win that competition and we need to get back winning. We need to get back to being up there and having everybody talking about us. We need every competition to try and do that.

On whether Bournemouth will be distracted by their troubles in the Premier League:
I think after winning a game the manager will want some continuity and he will want to build on that, to build some momentum and give confidence to the team. I’m not expecting them to be relaxed.

On Sokratis returning and whether he will give some youngsters minutes:
In the next two or three days we will assess the training sessions and see how everybody is. I will try to pick the best possible team to win the game.

Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com

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