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Arteta looks ahead to Crystal Palace clash – part 2

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On Aubameyang talking about his love for the club:
I was very pleased to read those comments. He knows exactly what I think about him and obviously he’s a massive player for us. But at the moment we’re in the middle of the season and we haven’t discussed anything further on that at the club.

On having talks with Auba before the end of the season:
My intention is to keep Auba obviously because I know that if we keep Auba with us, we’re going to be stronger and closer to winning football matches. That’s the only thing.

On whether there will be any notable investment this month:
I don’t know, I’m not expecting big things. I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries. That’s the biggest expectations from my side, they’re there. If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options.

On whether we’ll start as slowly at Palace as we did against Leeds:
I hope not! They haven’t started slow this morning and I hope it’s not the case.

On what the reaction in training was like over the following few days:
Very good. To be fair, they’ve been training really, really well. The spirit is up, the level of confidence is good and they seem in a good place.

On whether he’s surprised at how many penalties Palace have had against Arsenal:
One of the things to be aware of, 100 per cent. We know Wilf and the type of talent he is. When he gets isolated in one-on-one situations, we know what he can do. Of course it will be part of the gameplan.

On whether he’d like to have Wilfried Zaha play for Arsenal:
I think he’s a terrific player and I think the impact he’s had in the Premier League in the last few years has been phenomenal. His ability to create chances on his own is unique.

On if he thinks we have to sell to buy in this window:
We’re not thinking to sell. There’s nothing concrete at the moment on the table, as I said, I’m focusing on the players we have now and this transfer window is a little bit tricky and things might come at the end. But I don’t know which way.

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