Arsenal’s European hopes may very well be boosted by a ban for Manchester Metropolis, however Mikel Arteta desires his facet to “obtain what we deserve”.
Mikel Arteta insisted he’s “not conflicted in any respect” by Manchester Metropolis’s looming UEFA ban after Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United to maneuver nearby of the European locations within the Premier League.
Former Metropolis assistant coach Arteta oversaw a 4-Zero defeat of Newcastle on Sunday, however the information Pep Guardiola’s facet are dealing with a two-year suspension from European competitors dominated the weekend.
Whereas Metropolis have introduced an intention to enchantment the ban, there’s the likelihood fifth might now safe Champions League qualification, with the Europa League probably in attain for a group in eighth relying on who wins the home cups.
Arsenal are 10th, lifted by second-half objectives from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, however Arteta was not seeking to enjoy his former employers’ gloom.
“We don’t know something about it,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “We must wait and see.
“It’s very troublesome. I’m not conflicted in any respect. I need one of the best for Manchester Metropolis, one of the best for Pep, for the gamers.
“I like lots of people there and I’m so grateful for the time I spent there. The one factor I need for them is optimistic and good issues.
“I simply wish to do one of the best we will for Arsenal, to realize ourselves what we deserve.”
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 16, 2020
Arsenal had been poor earlier than half-time towards Newcastle, making a gradual begin and surviving the occasional scare, and Arteta isn’t getting carried away.
“We wish to go recreation by recreation as a result of, 10 days in the past, I used to be disillusioned by the sport at Burnley,” he mentioned. “A whole lot of issues are going to occur.
“It’s as much as us and the way constant we might be from now till the top of the season. If we wish to have an opportunity [of qualifying for Europe] in the previous few video games, we have now to place wins collectively.”
Requested what Arteta advised his group after the powerful first half, captain Aubameyang mentioned: “‘Simply maintain going’. We began not at our greatest.
“However within the second half, we put in some extra vitality and we went by and scored the primary, the second, the third.”
On the coach’s total impression at Emirates Stadium since his December appointment, the striker added: “We really feel higher. We’ve an concept of taking part in that’s very clear.
“We’ll attempt to keep this stage. We’re completely happy to maintain going like this.”