Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United – Mikel Arteta FULL Post Match Press Conference – SUBTITLES

Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United – Mikel Arteta FULL Post Match Press Conference – SUBTITLES


How frustrating was that? Yes I’m very disappointed today. I think
the performance deserved three points and we lost two points. In the Premier League
if you don’t put the game to bed in the last 10-15 minutes, these types of teams just need
a long ball, second ball or set piece and you can give the points away. It’s felt like a one-goal lead hasn’t been
enough for Arsenal all season. There’s always nervousness in the crowd and in the players? Yeah and there is a history of that (which)
I think makes it more. But in the Premier League when you’re 1-0 up in the last 10 minutes
be careful because anything can happen. Do you need to undo the work that was done
before you? I don’t know. What was done before, they
tried to do their best possible thing. I inherited a team in a difficult situation that was trying
to improve as much as possible but I don’t know. In the second half they didn’t generate
anything to the goal, just one long ball, a second ball and someone from an incredible
angle put it in the top bin. It’s difficult to control. Is it a fitness issue? I think they all went full gas. I think they
all tried really hard and we put them under real pressure every time we didn’t allow them
to come out the way they do and generate overloads in wide areas and control second phases and
put crosses in the box – I don’t think that was the case. Maybe in the first five or 10
minutes when we had to figure out the game. But after that when you are 1-0 up in the
last minutes and they change to a back four, start committing more bodies forward, both
full-backs are high and they have six players in front of the ball it’s more difficult to
control. You play long balls or second balls like this, it’s not easy. Do you think you should have had a penalty? I think it’s very clear. Did you speak to the referee about it? No. Did Gabriel Martinelli step up for you today? Absolutely, he’s an 18-year-old kid with
all the enthusiasm but as well he’s so brave to make decisions, to threaten the opponent
every time He is always in the middle of the goal waiting for an opportunity to come and
the fact he hasn’t played 90 minutes for a while since his injury – but still the way
he went about every single action is impressive. Scoring nine goals now is an astonishing record
isn’t it? Absolutely, yeah. You had a discussion with Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the match. Was that to give him specific instructions? When we are analysing the opponent and there
are some errors that happen on the pitch we have to correct them and try to help the players
as much as possible and we can ask Ainsley a lot of things but he’s not a full-back.
Bukayo is not a full-back. They are trying to adapt as quickly as possible but
these things are going to happen. What’s the case with Reiss Nelson? We had an incident in training and the doctor
is still deciding how long it’s going to take but it’s not looking good. How will the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations effect
Arsenal? Let’s see. It’s something we are talking
to the club (about) to figure out exactly the scenario we are going to be looking at.
It’s not just us there are many other clubs involved. They never asked any questions to
us so I’m assuming we have to accept whatever decision comes. Does that change your philosophy in the transfer
market? (When thinking about singing African players?) Mine at the moment, no.