Every word of the Pre-Pudu Piston Mikel Arteta | press conference | News

Mikel Arteta faced the media shortly after his relegation in Norway ahead of facing Bodou/Glimt in the Europa League group stage on Thursday night.

The manager was asked about the challenge of playing on a synthetic pitch, his team’s rotation and the importance of us taking the lead in the group.

Read on for the full version…

On whether the stadium will affect team selection…
What we’re thinking about is how we’re going to win the game. This is it. How we win every three days, in different conditions, in different contexts, in different weather, in different competitions, and that’s the only way we deal.

About whether there is a chance of injury …
We don’t know, a player can be injured on an artificial pitch, and he can be injured in a training session. Obviously we do what we have to do to protect the players as much as we can, but at the end of the day, tomorrow for sure we will have 11 players on the field.

About whether it will affect the choice …
Our choice depends on how we think we are going to win the match, nothing else.

Why was Gabriel Jesus left behind…
We felt that with everything he’s been through in the past few weeks, it would be best for him to stay home.

On Roma’s 6-1 defeat here…
I think I mentioned that before the game at home, that what this team and the coaching staff have done in the last few years is fantastic. Especially in Europe, because it has more headlines than the rest of Europe, but without a doubt, the scores they have here are self-explanatory.

On Budo Supporters…
They were really noisy, really excited and I spoke to Martin about that. He mentioned that he expects a great atmosphere here and it’s great. That’s why you travel to Europe as well.

On whether he was able to practice on an artificial pitch…
number.

On whether Arsenal is the target now we are in the lead…
I don’t know how other coaches play their games against us, obviously Gabe (Jesus) is a player who gets into a lot of physical contact. This is in its nature and it is up to the referees to protect the players.

On whether he was happy to protect the players…
I’m really happy with our players’ performance, and that’s the most important thing. Then it is up to the rulers to protect them.

On the Liverpool match incident…
It’s something I don’t want to touch. It is in the hands of the FA and I will not be involved in that.

On whether he supports his players…
one hundred percent.

On Martin Odegaard being a wonder…
It is his journey. He started in the spotlight very early in his career, which is probably why he is so mature at the age that he is now. It’s been around for so long that we forget how old it is. But it was his journey, he couldn’t choose it. He was very good at that age, got a lot of attention and dealt with it in a really positive way.

About his turn tomorrow…
Maybe on the field at some point! I don’t know, I hope he’s having a good time, it’s obviously a really important moment for him, he likes to come home. You know how much that means to him and it’s a good opportunity for him.

On whether pitch or conditions could become an issue…
No, even if it’s windy, rainy or snowy, that’s not an excuse. Our focus is on winning every three days and finding a way to do it every time.

On whether being in Europe is a help or a hindrance…
In terms of minute-sharing, that’s for sure [it has helped us]. It’s really positive because there are players who haven’t played much, especially in the first few weeks and our job is to manage that. It’s up to the players to perform and give us the right reasons to play and win.

On how Kieran Tierney reacted not to start against Liverpool…
Like any other player. We know we always make decisions based on the best preparation we can to win matches and Kieran accepted that like any other player.

When starting games quickly…
Every manager wants to start fast and score in the first minute, but this is clearly not always possible. Our goal is always to attack, dominate the game and get the top spot as quickly as possible.

On how Budo compares to the other teams in the group…
They are one of the contenders to definitely be top of the pack at the end of the games. Tomorrow again we will have a hard test.

On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saying he doesn’t like big characters…
People are free to discuss what they want.

About the mood in the dressing room …
enormous. I’ve never been in a better dressing room. More enjoyable relationships, hard work, better team work for the players and it is a pleasure as a coach to be a part of this group.

On whether the final incident against Liverpool will be resolved quickly…
I don’t know. It’s something I haven’t decided, the timing is really hard to predict. The FA is now in charge of the situation and we will have to wait and see what happens.

Whether it’s like a different sport played on an artificial floor…
Everyone obviously understands that there are a lot of different things. The speed is different, the way you can use the grass is different and we will have to adapt to it. We know that, we are here to win the game and tomorrow night we will definitely play on an artificial pitch.

On how important winning the group is…
Yes, that’s why every match counts. Looking at the group, tomorrow’s result is going to be really important because we can get rid of playing two more games and the opponents you’re up against next, so we know we want to be top of the group.

About whether the other players didn’t travel…
Few players were injured. You will find out tomorrow.

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