Every word from the Arteta press beyond Villa

After seeing us again claim victory after suffering a setback, Mikel Arteta was delighted with the response of his players to maintain their 100 per cent record after beating Aston Villa 2-1.

The coach headed into his press conference in a good mood after sealing our fifth win in a row in this campaign, and he addressed a lot of questions about the game, injuries and transfers.

Read everything he said below:

By making it five wins out of five…

Obviously we are really happy that we are winning the football matches that we deserve to win. The way we play and play, we need to keep going. Again, there are a lot of things we have to improve and you can see that in the second half, but the way we played in the first half, the amount of chances, how much we achieved, how dominant we were, the energy we generated was really fun as a coach.

To score very quickly after entering the net…

This is the mentality we want to show as a team and the character we want to show to respond right after a disappointment. Shooting is part of the game, just like giving up the ball or doing a bad job, it’s about the next action, it’s about the next. When you play in front of this crowd it helps because the energy they generate is amazing.

On what the team gives a belief after giving up…

Having positive experiences and overcoming difficulties gives you confidence that you can do it. It can be individually or as a team and when you start to get that belief and create those moments, it’s not just you, that belief is the masses. When this connection occurs, anything is possible.

On using past experiences to motivate us…

Obviously we are trying to improve our players, we have to try to improve the team, and there are many things that are not just about the technical or tactical aspects that play a big role in football matches. This is another tool that we are developing, which we need to keep developing and especially when we are here, it is a really powerful tool.

Being tough in front of goal…

It’s the hardest thing in football to score goals, but today we had big, big chances and we didn’t put them away, but it’s clear that the players’ intention is to score. I think Gabi Martinelli’s goal is a really difficult technique, the height of the ball, the angle he gets, the way he gets close to the ball and still manages to hit the goal and that always gives you a chance. We are working on it all the time and I think we are improving a lot and as always there is room for improvement.

On Odegaard’s injury…

He got a bad kick and was struggling. He has been very recent so we will have to see over the next few hours how he recovers.

On El Nini’s injury…

This is not good news, we still need him to meet our specialist but I’m afraid we may lose Mo for a while.

On whether injuries will affect his plans for deadline day…

It obviously has an effect because of Thomas [Partey] Injured and we are a little short in this position. We have Sambi and Granit that can play there but we are looking for options in the market. The club has been very supportive of continuing to improve the squad and the squad as much as possible and if the right player is available and we can do that, we will try.

About whether there is a lot of money left in the bank …

I’m not a money guy, I guess that’s a question for someone else!

On Aaron Ramsdale’s injury…

I think he felt something, I don’t know exactly. He managed to finish the match but he is another that we have to evaluate.

On Thomas Partey’s injury…

He will be out for a while but we don’t know how long that will be. It’s obviously not the first injury he’s had in that area so it’s a recurring injury so it’s best for doctors to schedule it and see how it goes.

On midfield issues…

We were very protected in this situation, now we are more exposed, but we have to be more prepared to face the uncertainties. Injuries, suspensions and things like that can happen, especially this season which is going to be really weird with the World Cup. We will try to prevent things but sometimes it is not easy.

On Tomiyasu…

We’re really glad we held him for a few minutes and he’s responding really well. He’s been training now for weeks without any issues which is the first period he’s been able to do that in the last six or seven months, and you can see the way he played today when he came in – I think he was really good.

On balancing the league with Europe…

I was thinking about it but then with what happened with Mo and Thomas, things can happen and then your intent is not what you can actually do. It comes down to what’s available on the day and how the players feel, but of course we want to give chances to the team because they really deserve it.

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