Video: Mikel Arteta pre-Leeds press conference

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Mikel Arteta met the press ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash with Leeds on Monday evening.

Here’s what he had to say.

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Luchorino
Luchorino

Beautiful lego haired bastard

Hass
Hass

He can’t change that is hair is perfecto 😉

Hass
Hass

His* I got distracted by the beautiful Lego haired bastard

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

I would b more than happy if we beat the mugsmashers and win the Europa league…doesn’t matter where we end up in the league. Just fucking beat them! Do what Fergie’s team did to us to break our Invincible run.

Possession
Possession

Mikel Arteta is one class act. I for one am seriously impressed with everything he has done over such a short period of time and fully expect this improvement to continue.

Longbow
Longbow

I just hope we stay consistent and avoid injuries. We also need to be a bit more clinical in the final third so we can finish games early and sit back until the players get used to the physical intensity.

Mooseheads_gunner
Mooseheads_gunner

When you have whole set of questions you can ask the boss but the journalists keep on asking the same questions like xhaka and auba transfer which arteta answered in his last interview itself.

Rich
Rich

The type of performance we seen in the first 30 minutes against Chelsea, and the first 40 minutes against United, we’ve seen before.

Think the FA cup final against Chelsea, where Ozil was a beast, and we out fought Chelsea all over the pitch.

The second half in the 5-1 win against Fulham last season, the second half in the 4-2 over Spurs , the 2-0 home wins over United and Chelsea last season, and even from the 40 minute mark in the 2-2 draw with Spurs this season, we absolutely battered them, then down to 10 men against Villa, and coming back to win 3-2.

I like Arteta a lot, and supported his appointment, but this is a very big job, we know our attacking players are hugely talented, but ultimately it’ll be down to Arteta being able to consistently extract this level of effort, from a group of players who have serious form for switching off, being massively inconsistent, and at times, who have looked outright disinterested.

We’ve seen more structure to the way we’ve played, but the main difference has been the effort and energy from the players, which should be the minimum requirement, week in and week out, because we’ve seen this before in patches, it might seem new, but it’s not, we’ve just not seen it consistently.

People will be rightly be full of optimism right now, but change usually has that effect for just a short period of time.

If Arteta gets Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette, Pepe working this way every game? We’ll have a very good chance of turning our season around, I’m cautiously optimistic, but it’ll involve players who’ve been inconsistent for a long time, suddenly becoming consistent.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

The difference now is that, if they don’t consistently produce the effort, he’ll get rid of them. I don’t think he’s a bluffer and I doubt the players do. It’s a huge job to get this Football Club back where most of us, the manager included, feel it ought to be. I’m on board but then again I wanted him as a coach, while he was contracted to us as a player… He WILL lead us back to the Promised Land.

Rich
Rich

Emery correctly tried dumping Ozil, and the fans turned on him.

You can only put players of quality in the stands, if you’re getting good results, otherwise the player you dump for a lack of effort, soon become the solution to all your problems, football fans generally have short memories, and honeymoon periods don’t last forever.

Ozil has worked hard for 3 games, he’s not really influenced those games, But the type of effort he’s been putting in, makes up for his lack of end product, but should be the minimum requirement expected from a senior player.

He’s not had much end product for over 3 years now, and not performed consistently for 4 years.

You say Arteta will “get rid of them”

How?

Ozil earns £300k p/w and won’t leave, and many of our players are overpaid, making it difficult to move them on, the price you can receive for a player, is linked to the size of their contract, and few clubs can afford the wages we pay, and the ones that can, don’t want our cast offs.

I’m cautiously optimistic, and think Arteta was the right choice, but I also wouldn’t bat an eyelid if the players down tooled, and threw Arteta under a bus at some point over the next 18 months.

Espen
Espen

The difference for me is that none of the games you refere to I was thinking, this is the plan, this is Emeryball. The Fullham game came closest.

And in this last three games I have seen a gameplan and a team playing like a team, playing for each other, for the first time in many years.

And when we couldn’t keep up the high intensity from the first half, we actually sat back and defended as a unit, and we all know that Arsenal can’t defend. And that our CBS are crap. Still Luiz delivers a man of the match performance.

Personally I believe that Luiz is a good defender, but he has to buy in and be happy to be good. And this is what he said after the game: Mikel is a great coach, he knows the game. I believe in his philosofy and he can improve every singel player. And in life if your happy the results can change. That is buy in.

Arteta is warning us that there will be ups and downs. And I believe that as well. We have been in a slump for several years as a club. But what Arteta has brought for me is belief. And a sense of pride to be an Arsenal supporter.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

We’ve also had performances like that in Wenger’s last years as well, wins against top 6 teams at home. What we lacked then is consistency to keep up those performances, which comes from strong motivation and a solid game plan. The players need to know this is the new normal and can’t be a one-off. And if they aren’t capable of doing this consistently we need to look at upgrades. That is the only way to be competitive in this league

Prakhar
Prakhar

It makes me so angry that despite being favourite the last time around, the board pussied out and went for Emery instead of Arteta. 18 months wasted, and team actually regressed despite 200 million pound investment.

Futsboller
Futsboller

A very sad truth. Arteta still has a lot to prove, but hopefully he’s making an impression on all the fans on here who said we’d be foolish to hire him. It was a bold move, but one made, as you say, 18 months late.

kaius
kaius

It’s not 18 months late. You people are just impatient.

It’s far, far better for Arteta to take over Emery’s mess than for him to follow a legend like Wenger. The season is basically a write-off and he has loads of goodwill from fans. Timing couldn’t be better for him.

Futsboller
Futsboller

But everyone and his brother was saying that Wenger was the one who left behind an irredeemable mess, and if you forget, we all gave Emery loads of goodwill between June-January (and many were praising him right into the summer), so I don’t see how the timing is really all that different. You make it sound as if we’re somehow better off that we went through 18 months of Emery, which is patently absurd. It was the wrong appointment — difficult to see that at the time, but very discernible in hindsight.

Arteta has gained more experience and earned another PL title with City in the interim, but our transition to the next phase would have been more advanced had he been given the job following Wenger’s departure. Arsenal were scared, rather than bold, and it cost us.

kaius
kaius

Why do people keep trying to claim that Emery’s failure is proof that Arteta (who’s now coached exactly 3 games in his solo managerial career) would’ve succeeded?

The mistake we made was *who* we chose, Emery (nobody’s first choice), when we should’ve gone for a stronger attacking tactician like Julian Nagelsmann or Antonio Conte.

It was not a mistake to appoint an experienced trophy-winning coach after Wenger, no matter what hardcore Arteta fans say.

mjc1892
mjc1892

On the flip side perhaps it’s good that he had that extra experience. From everything I’ve read it was last season where he really started acting as a quasi-manager, taking teams talks etc. As frustrating as Emery’s time was, if he simply acted a placeholder to get us a better prepared coach now it’ll be worth it. It also gives Arteta way more goodwill to play with- the only way really is up!

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

More than 90% of fans were opposed to the appointment of Arteta when Wenger left. Now, we change our mind retroactively and blame the board for not appointing Arteta the first time. Fans make sure they are right after the facts. Arteta has been a very good surprise so far.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

To you.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I stated my disappointment on here about the Emery appointment and was ridiculed as people told me it’d be a big risk to hire Arteta and Emery is the reasonable option. But as stated above, maybe the additional 18 months at city have helped him more than it harmed us. We finally got him and I hope he’s here to stay for a very long time.

myosotis
myosotis

Like you, I literally stopped watching the PL after when Emery was appointed. Even my football-savvy friends had shown his distain for that decision.
Restarted watching Arsenal for now at least.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I loved him as a player and Captain and I’m absolutely loving him as our Manager, he’s pure class and Arsenal will go from strength to strength with him in charge. I’m just so grateful that the club had the courage to ignore his lack of experience and go for him this time, it was a brave decision and it was the right decision.

Qutub
Qutub

It’s crazy how Emery used to build up teams like Sheffield and Newcastle and Arteta talks about dominating teams, being the best team in the country. There has been a change in tactics but the change in mentality has been so obvious as well.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

To the defense of Emery, all the managers big up smaller teams they are preparing to face. Emery also said he wanted to make Arsenal the best team in the world and we made fun of him here.

mjc1892
mjc1892

Hmm not in the same way. There’s a difference between being respectful and outright trepidatious. Emery seemed fucking terrified before every game by the end.

Der32
Der32

It takes a very special team to make Watford look like world beaters with over 25 shots on goal. And how about the game vs Liverpool on matchday 3? We didn’t play too bad and had dangerous moments, but I see relegation teams who did not defend so deep against Liverpool. That was cowardice and downright small team mentality. I told my missus after that game that Emery is done for me as Arsenal coach, he doesn’t get the Club, and that Arsenal was unrecognizable to me.

Glocken
Glocken

I have to say I was sceptical at first but everything he has done so far has been really impressive. Let’s hope he’s backed by Raul & the board, we can still get top four and win the Europa.

IamsterdamGooner
IamsterdamGooner

If he can get us 4th and win the Europa League he’ll be instantly the clubs greatest ever manager LOL as long as its either/or because if we do achieve both and Sp*rs end up 5th we’ll be carrying them cunts into the CL ? ?? that!! ?

Takeshita
Takeshita

Andrew, in the main page of arseblog.com except your article rest all are throwing an error once clicked. It’s getting redirected to arseblog-com_web. I think it’s an invalid domain. Pls check with your IT guys.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

Wow, you sound like my boss!

Ollie123
Ollie123

I give them “clarity and direction”

That’s literally what was missing from Emery

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

It’s all great but my biggest surprise is how good our passing is all of a sudden! I’m think it is because of Arteta’s tactics keeping the team more compact making the passing easier?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

*thinking

Vonnie
Vonnie

And the confidence, he’s given them tactics that help everyone excel and given them back their self belief, I’m loving it.

HoldenontoArsenal
HoldenontoArsenal

Which has changed more, the attitude and approach of the fans or the attitude and approach of the manager?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

The fans gave the new manager a clean sheet as they do and Arteta has been excellent. That’s it imo.

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

Exactly. It’s like I said to someone recently about the scenario of Bergkamp coming back as a coach. My argument was that it would be too pricey, as we’d have to pay for his rose bearers to constantly throw petals on to the very ground that he was about to walk on.

To be honest, if I saw that the god of Dennis was about to walk into a puddle, I wouldn’t throw my coat over it. I would throw myself over it.

And if you wouldn’t then you are not a real Arsenal fan.

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

“clarity, direction and spirit “

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

When this page loaded on my phone, Arteta’s eye was covered for a split second or so by the YouTube arrow as the page shifted in size. It made him look like the Terminator.

It’s a sign.

I’ll get me coat.

But it really was a sign though…

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

Not a sign that he’s a cyborg from the future out to kill the mother of a military leader yet to be born, I hasten to add. More that he’s a tough coach who will plough our team through walls. Or something like that anyway.

I’ll get everyone else’s coat while I’m at it then.

Santori
Santori

As some people mention before, it remains cautiously optimistic.

We’ve seen performance like that before. Unai’s first season in charge, same people wanking off to Arteta here were gushing over Emery like wet schoolgirls believing there was a difference to late Wenger…

Consistency in effort is the issue.

We will see a spoike in performance bc players want to believe the new manager can exact change. Unai has clever tactics and that has helped. Had we not won against United though and the goodwill would have evaporated very quickly.

OTOH what is an unknown is whether Arteta can enforce the discipline over long term.

We’ve also seen same people going on about how we have Mslintat in charge of transfer over Wenger and how he would get rid of deadwood and sign where we need. Has not happen enough of course.

Most people here need to calm themselves down.

Its early salad days at the moment over one win in 3. That does not constitute any turn around.

Jury is still out.

Santori
Santori

Meanwhile Leeds…Nketiah?

Hope we don’t make this one too difficult.

Unai IMO struggled this season between rotating players and keeping a consistent selection.

Again Sanlehi did him little favour in market neglecting urgent and longstanding Cback requirement preferring to extend on Koscielny (who frankly did us a massive favour we did not take advantage of). Also CM was over reliant on Cebellos (A Ramsey replacement at best) and wide play was with risk losing Iwobi and banking on Pepe.

What kind of dynamics emerge this window and how much more say Arteta can exert is going to tell us better how things will develop in remainder of season. Unai I felt was too diplomatic and let Sanlehi dictate too much. Edu I’m not sure has the clout to balance out the strength of Raul at the moment but maybe Arteta can add some weight (if he starts to put together a good string of wins)

Proof is in the pudding. I’m expecting at minimum one transfer this window.

At Cback, we could at least pay St Ettienne to release Saliba early (albeit he is still frankly a relatively unproven player). At Cm we should have an eye on Emre Can IMO.

Santori
Santori

Good to hear he wants to keep Xhaka. I’m sure that’s music to many people’s ears.