Arsenal will travel to Wolves with no new injury issues after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Brighton.
As things stand, the Gunners have just two players in the treatment room; Takehiro Tomiyasu is trying to recover from a muscular problem in time for the World Cup with Japan and Emile Smith Rowe is sidelined by groin surgery but should return in December.
Asked whether any of his squad are concerned about getting injured just days out from Qatar 2022 getting underway, Arteta made clear that the risk only increases if you allow yourself to think like that.
“We discussed that topic before and I always said to them, if you are thinking about an injury then probably it is going to happen,” he told his pre-game press conference.
“You don’t know if it’s going to happen today, the next day or the first day of preparation for the World Cup, so get it out of your mind, you are professional athletes, the risk is always there for you so do your job and if you commit yourself to everything you do, every action, the risk will be less.”
He also insists that for all the media hype in the last week, he’s been keeping his table-topping squad focused on their domestic responsibilities.
“Obviously this week there is a lot of talk, a lot of rumours, a lot of news but our focus has been on the game. We know that after that what is coming for some players is something extraordinary and special. It’s also an opportunity to reset and prepare.”
Wolves come into the match in the relegation zone but will be buoyed by the recent appointment of former Sevilla, Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui who officially takes over on Monday.
Arteta expects his compatriot to bring the good times back to Molineux but is also wary of what interim coach Steve Davis has been doing.
“He’s a great coach, his career talks for itself, what he did in Seville and in Portugal, what he did with the national team.
“He’s a really good coach and is from not far from where I live. I know him really, really well and hopefully after tomorrow he can have very successful period here.
“They [Wolves] are in a moment with very special circumstances, I think Steve has done a really good job.
“Looking at the games that they’ve played, obviously, we watched the midweek game that they played [against Leeds] and the game before [against Brighton] when they lost not really meriting to lose the game.
“Saturday night at their stadium, it will be busy and it will be a tough game.”
A win for the Gunners will ensure we remain top of the Premier League until Boxing Day when the action resumes following the World Cup.