Every word from Mikkel’s Post-Bodo/Glimt Press | News

Our perfect start to the group stage of the Europa League continued on Thursday night as we defeated Bodou/Glimt 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta made eight changes to the starting lineup and was pleased with our overall performance – but was quick to point out that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Read on for a full transcript of Arteta’s post-match press conference with the media:

On how he evaluates our performance…
What I would like to present is that every game is hard to win and what we did today is make a lot of changes and give the players who absolutely deserve the minutes to play, so I am really happy with the result, scoring three goals and keeping a clean sheet, but I am well aware that there are many things that We can do it better, especially the way we controlled the game in certain periods.

On why he made three substitutions so soon after the start of the second half…
Well, some of them didn’t play a lot of minutes and we can tell they got tired too. There were players who needed minutes without weighing them down on Sunday and it worked out really well.

On Kjetil Knutsen …
I said it yesterday, you look at what the team did under him, the performances they gave and the results they achieved, which is a huge credit to the way they play and how brave they are here today to try to play the game the way they want to play it. It’s a tough team, really well organized, and I like it.

On the next step for our players trying to break into the Premier League XI…
Like others, keep doing better and better. There is still a lot of individual and group things to do better and they should keep their standards as high as possible and try to get to the next level and the next level. There is nothing different from the ones you never played.

About what we could have done better tonight…
We had spells that we were too hurried, and we didn’t win enough duels. We didn’t manage the ball well enough when we got it back, so it became a really open game with lots of transitions and sharpened the score in your hand that you need to manage the game better. We didn’t put 10 or 15 passes together enough times in the game to try and get the ball more in the final third. We were really impressive in the last third and we were a threat, but in terms of composure and sometimes timing between units because they didn’t play together much, some levels lacked a little and in football timing is everything.

On Fabio Vieira and whether we should be excited…
Yes, I saw the quality. Every time he’s around the penalty area he’s a real threat, a really smart and brave player. In defense, he still needs to do more and understand him more because organization is key when you play against teams that are good in possession of the ball.

On the impressive rate of Jesus’ work when he came…
I like his mentality. It does not matter how long he plays, when he plays, in what position. He always gives absolutely everything. You see his pressure when he enters the field, it makes the team different. his energy as well. Clearly he (made) a great job today, to create the third goal.

On whether this is indicative of the position the team (as a whole) is following…
Well, especially if he does. He has won everything in the last five years, imagine what the rest should do, follow him, because he is always in the right place.

His last home game in the Europa League was a defeat, and he much prefers nights when things are going well…
Well, it is part of the DNA of this football club. Obviously we’re used to a different European night, but it was great to play under the lights, to play in a full stadium supporting the team. We need to start again creating that moment, because it’s really special.

On whether he had any concerns about match-crowding and how he would manage it…
Well, you have a clear plan, and we have an understanding of what we want to do. But this is football, and there are a lot of uncontrollable circumstances that will determine whether we go this way, or that way – we use this player, or that player. It’s something no one has experienced before, so we’re a little empty there. Therefore, we try to prepare and try to understand how to protect players in particular for their well-being.

On what I was most pleased with Eddie’s performance…
When he puts the ball at the back of the net. For the director, this is the best moment. It is clear that his rate of action, his attitude, his application is just a phenomenon. But he has this natural ability and he does it every time.

On whether Eddie is the perfect second striker…
What I can say is that I am really happy to have him in the team. He has the qualities he could play with this team, in any role – whether he’s a starter, a finalist, or whatever you want to call him. We all love his attitude and the qualities he has, so we’re really happy to have him.

On his impressive scoring record, and whether it’s been hard to keep him out of the team…
He is, and the good thing is that today he could have scored two more goals. You did a great job, but what you can do better. That’s his mentality, and that’s where we want to take him. When you see how it has evolved in the last year or two, and it still has plenty of room to do so.

About what he liked most about Bodo/Glimt…
How clear and courageous is what they want to do. They came here and tried to play just like they played away or at home against any opponent, and maybe the credit goes to the coach. Because they put that belief into the team. So, a very, very good team.

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