The end is in sight for the final Interlull of 2024. A final round of friendlies, World Cup and Euro qualifiers takes place over the next few days before Arsenal reassemble for a Saturday night London derby at Brentford.
In the meantime, here’s a roundup of Gunners-related material from international managers, ex-players and some of the current stars…
Stale Solbakken on Martin Odegaard’s fitness…
I’ve just come from a 45-minute meeting with Martin, he is getting better and better. He’s gradually stepping things up. It has been more or less three weeks without any special training, so it is important to take it step by step. Both he and Arsenal probably hope that he is available for the Brentford match [on 25 November].
Leandro Trossard on his recent performances at Arsenal…
I am very satisfied with my performance at Arsenal We are doing well, and I am happy that I can contribute to that. A permanent starting place? I don’t think anything needs to improve. I am doing well and can’t do more then make it as difficult as possible for the coach. For me it doesn’t really matter where the coach puts me. I have played just about everywhere in recent years. Where the coach puts me, I will play my match. I don’t really have a preference.
Hector Bellerin on Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s title hopes…
He’s a coach that is constantly learning and I think that’s what’s good about him. He’s able to adapt and he’s able to learn from his mistakes and he’s able to become a new Arteta every season. Since he was a player, he was already coaching. He was already coaching some of us. You could see he had great ideas. I remember he used to talk to us about how he thinks the game would go and how we should press and stuff like this. And it was great. And we all kind of knew that at some point he would step up and be a manager. For sure [they can win the league]. Very young players in that team now have a lot of experience like Bukayo [Saka] and I think that’s one of the things that we were missing that they now have. So I’m sure that every year is just going to be a better one for them and I think that’s where Arsenal deserve to be for sure.
Source: Sky Sports
Julian Nagelsmann on fielding Kai Havertz at left-back for Germany…
We have different formations depending on how high the opponent stands and defends – Kai won’t always be in that position. I have a lot of ideas for him because he is an exceptionally good footballer. It’s a very good option. He won’t always play as the classic left-back that you might know.
Source: RTL (via Evening Standard)
Juliano Luciano Spalletti on Jorginho’s performance for Italy in their 5-2 win over North Macedonia (which included a fourth consecutive penalty miss)…
Jorginho should be congratulated [for his performance]. He did not angle the ball very well but the goalkeeper made a good save. He remains a special penalty taker for Italy. I told him that he will take the next penalty as well and he said yes.
Source: Post-game press conference
Mo Elneny on Arsenal handing him a new contract after he suffered his ACL injury…
I was really emotional because when you get the love from the people you love, it’s special. And this club for me, it means a lot for me. It was one of the best days of my life because I got the love back from them. They feel how much I love this club and the way they talk to me and say good things about me makes me really love this club even more.
Gilberto Silva on Arsenal’s plans for January…
I heard that they were maybe looking for some midfielders especially because of Partey being injured at times. I’m not sure if it’s 100 percent going to happen but obviously, they have to be aware that this is a very short window and very specific. You have to be like a fisherman sometimes, to grab the right player that you really need that’s going to help you to win games and to be useful for the rest of the season. Also to improve the way you play. Speaking to people there, Edu many times, they are working hard to have the data and what they think is right for the club in terms of targets. The market is very competitive as well, sometimes you have to be fast and not lose the opportunity.
Source: Web Summit (via The Mirror)
Bukayo Saka on Declan Rice having a goal ruled out against Malta by VAR…
Honestly, let’s not make comments about VAR tonight! I think let’s just focus on the win, the three points and be positive about it.
Ex-Arsenal Vice-Chairman on Mikel Arteta’s VAR rant at Newcastle…
In 101 minutes of football we only had one shot at goal, so you can’t really say that the team deserved to win. It is what it is. There is a process in place for how they deal with these things and I just think it was a little bit unnecessary. I don’t think it did the image of the club any good. It wouldn’t have happened [in my time]. But we’re in an emotional game and these things do happen, I think it’s unfortunate, and you live and learn.
Source: TalkSPORT (via The Mirror)