Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has had a mixed start to life as Gunners boss to say the least, and as we look ahead to the immediate future, things aren’t going to get any easier as he prepares for a tough outing against Crystal Palace. Before the game against Roy Hodgson’s top half side, Arteta spoke with the media.
On the difference that a full week of training makes:
At least we had some time to train a few things that I wanted to start implementing. It is nice to have a few more players back, a few from injury, and a bigger group where we can be not just match, post-match, recovery, pre-match all the time. So I am pleased, and when the weather is like this, even better.
On facing a Roy Hodgson-managed side at Selhurst Park:
Every time I played there, I suffered. It was always tough. It is a very complicated stadium. He is a manager with incredible experience and what he is doing there, it is very impressive and it will be tough.
On team news:
No news really, I don’t think we we will get anyone back in the squad, we have a few that are going to be 50/50 for the following game probably but not much news.
On Hector Bellerin:
Hector is a little bit better. He trained partially with the team today, but he’s still not there.
On what has changed since his appointment:
The first thing I wanted to change was the energy around the team and around the club as well. It is slightly better than how it was, or much better I would say. Obviously the fact we are winning games helps, and as well what I am seeing at the training ground since the day I moved is much more like I want to see.
On what he can learn from Hodgson:
From Roy? Absolutely everything. It is incredible how he deals with situations. To be living with this level of pressure for such a long time, the way he handles it, the way he behaves himself, the way he puts himself across, how respected he is around all the players and clubs, is remarkable. So I have big admiration for him.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…