Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted he is uncertain on the futures of some of his players ahead of the new season. The Gunners were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in a pre-season friendly at home with both teams missing a hatful of chances.
Speaking after the defeat Arteta focussed on the positives from the game, and said “First of all, it was a great atmosphere. The fans were right behind the team and I think with 20 or 25,000, they created a great atmosphere at the stadium. It was a great test for us against the best team in Europe.”
“I think we showed some really positive stuff and some worrying stuff when we gave the ball away in difficult positions, and when we had to do defensive organisation, it opened spaces in difficult moments. For what we could do against that team and where we are in pre-season, I think it was positive.”
“It worries me because when you give the ball away when you’re in the position we’re in, in one or two passes they can attack your goal. It’s a really difficult situation to resolve. From those situations as well, we created many chances today. We need to know when to take the risk. It’s more about the perception and interpreting the players that we have to use in certain areas more than the actual action. But you know that against these teams, they punish you in the Premier League.”
Xhaka, who was expected to leave Arsenal following a transfer bid from AS Roma might end up staying at Arsenal after the Italian club refused to increase the transfer price. Speaking on Xhaka, Arteta said “Granit is going to stay with us. He’s a player that we rate and value so much, he’s a key member of our squad. He’s trained two days. He wanted to play today and I think it’s very clear commitment from his side that he wants to be here.”
However, the Spaniard was not sure about the futures of Bellerin and Joe Willock. The Arsenal manager said “I don’t know. I’m going to coach them and train them, and respect and look after everybody because they are our players. Hopefully they can have their minds here and prepare here because they are Arsenal players and our job is to make them as good as we can.”
Source: Arsenal FC