Mikel Arteta rates Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League

first_imgArsenal have put themselves back in contention (Picture: Getty)The Gunners can close that gap further as they travel to City on Wednesday as Arteta makes a return to the Etihad and the Spaniard insists his side can still qualify for Europe’s elite competition. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arsenal’s chances, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s still a long way to go. We want to go game by game.‘Three weeks ago it was impossible. Now it looks more possible.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt’s the first time since leaving City that Arteta will take on his mentor Pep Guardiola. City’s title defence has collapsed in spectacular fashion in Arteta’s absence but the Spaniard says the Blues have been unlucky.‘Sometimes small details make the difference. I think they’ve been very unlucky.‘This is football. It can happen. We have to be at our best that’s for sure to have any chance of winning the game.‘We are in two different processes and levels, we have to be at our best.’MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson holds talks with Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham at club’s training ground Comment Mikel Arteta rates Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League Mikel Arteta remains hopeful of a Champions League spot (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits his side have given themselves an outside chance of a Champions League spot and says anything is ‘possible’ during the Premier League run-in.The Spaniard’s steadied the club since his appointment in December and the Gunners have lost once during 2020, albeit a damaging 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos in the last-32 stage of the Europa League.Saturday’s 1-0 win against West Ham put Arsenal to within five points of fifth-placed Manchester United, who currently occupy a Champions League spot thanks to the ban issued to Manchester City. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Mar 2020 9:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta reavels why he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat

first_img💬 “We showed frustration. In a way I like it, because it means that we care about losing and we don’t accept any defeats. But I like those types of reactions earlier rather than after football games.”👔 @m8arteta pic.twitter.com/Q0hKwm0DKh— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 23, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jun 2020 9:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Mikel Arteta reavels why he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat Comment Matteo Guendouzi escaped a three-match ban (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi’s reaction to the Gunners’ defeat against Brighton because it shows that the Frenchman cares.The midfielder escaped a three-match ban on Monday after the FA declined to act on footage showing Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat on the final whistle at the Amex Stadium.Guendouzi was angered by Maupay’s earlier challenge that forced Bernd Leno into being stretchered off and tensions boiled over between the pair at the end of the match following the striker’s late winner for Brighton. Reports on Monday night claimed Guendouzi made disparaging comments about the lack of quality in Brighton’s team and he’s said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arteta insists he doesn’t need to speak to Guendouzi about his behaviour and says his reaction was a good sign that he cares about the club and their results. Arsenal’s injury problems continued today as Gabriel Martinelli was ruled out for ‘months’ by Arteta.The Brazilian is yet to feature in the Gunners’ first two matches back but he felt discomfort in his knee after a training session on Monday.Martinelli was subsequently sent for scans and the club’s early fears are that he’s sustained meniscus damage in his left knee.MORE: Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent Advertisement Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the throat (Picture: SKy)‘My job is to make sure we behave in relation to the shirt that we wear,’ said Arteta.‘Obviously what happened on the pitch – I played for 17 years – stays on the pitch because you can mould and change in context very easily and you shouldn’t be doing that at all. ‘But obviously we showed frustration. In a way I like [it] because that means we care about losing and don’t accept any defeats but I like those types of reactions earlier instead of after football games.’ Advertisementlast_img read more