We tend to believe in a world in which the FA Cup matters, and we’d like to think Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta invests in that theory as well. It’s a competition which has been incredibly kind to the Gunners over the years, and if they put a lot into it, then that could be the case once again. Prior to the Gunners jumping back into action against Leeds on Monday night to conclude third round weekend, Arteta spoke to the media.
On celebrating with the players after the Man United win:
Yeah it was a very positive one. I’m very relieved to get the first win and we wanted to start the win in a different mood. I was very pleased with the win and with the performance.
On the FA Cup being special to him:
Absolutely. That final day of the season at Wembley and the memories that I’ve got with this football club… We have to be challenging for the cups and we’ll try to do that again this season.
On playing three games in seven days:
Yes [it’s taken a lot out of the squad] because at the moment we are managing a lot of injuries. We haven’t been able to rotate the team a lot but we survived. Yesterday I was a little bit scared because we could have exposed a few players and got some injuries. We got through the game and obviously we suffered physically, but I think all the teams in the Premier League are in the same position at the moment. We worked through it, we suffered together and now we have a few days to recover.
On what Arsenal fans can expect in the January transfer window:
That we’re going to try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team. That’s for sure and that’s our obligation, and we’re going to be working on that. My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve. Obviously we have some bad injuries, like Calum a few days ago. That’s obviously going to change our plans at the back, but the reality at the moment is that we’re not going to be able to do much. I’m more concerned at the moment about getting people back from injuries than I am the signings. I want to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we’re trying to do. If something extra comes up and we think it’s the right opportunity to improve what we have, let’s do it.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…