Mikel Arteta spoke to BT Sport after the 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt this evening. Here’s what he had to say.
Thoughts on the win and performance …
Really happy obviously with the win, six points now with a clean sheet, and the way we attacked the box when we got there.
But in general, we lacked a little bit of connection today between the players, too many simple things, too many giveaways. We weren’t that consistent and dominant throughout the game.
Does lack of connection come from a shuffled team …
Of course, we made 8 changes, and there a lot of players that haven’t played a lot of minutes. You can feel that in the coaching, what to do and when to do it, and the timing sometimes is missing. You can notice that, but attitude-wise, no issues.
What did you learn about Bodo/Glimt tonight?
Not much because I saw four games of theirs and I said in the press conference I was impressed with the way they played. I told the players you are going to have to run a lot after the ball because they’re a team that the tools and the quality to do it, and at times today they showed that.
Three goals, but three great assists …
Yes, in the final third we looked really dangerous. Every time we got into these positions we were a threat, and the goals were good goals.
Did you make subs to change the momentum after Bodo began 2nd half well?
Yeah, a few players were suffering a little bit from the intensity of the game, but it’s normal, but we planned to make the subs at the right time.