Arteta on Aubameyang, Olympiacos, Ødegaard and Smith Rowe

Arsenal go into the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie against Olympiacos with a 3-1 lead after their performance in Greece last Thursday.

Mikel Arteta has been speaking to the press ahead of the second leg and here are the best bits of what he had to say …


On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“We talked. Everything has been resolved in a really positive way and we move forward.”

On Gabriel Martinelli

“No if anything it’s my fault.

“He’s done everything perfect. His attitude cannot be any better.

“He needs to be a little bit patient. He will get his chance.”

On injuries

“Everybody is more or less ok.

“We had a few doubts but hopefully everybody is going to be involved.

“(On Saka) We were doing another test. He felt something muscular.

“He was doing much, much better and evolving much better.”


On Martin Ødegaard and Emile Smith Rowe

“The plan was to have more options and start to create a relationship with players who in our opinion can play together.

“We have to find the structure for them to maximise their potential and this is what we’re trying to do.

“(On Ødegaard) his work rate has been phenomenal.”

On the second leg v Olympiacos

“(Is the tie over?) Absolutely not.

“From what I’ve seen from Olympiacos and the amount of games they’ve won in the final minutes it will be tough.

“They will try to put us under a lot of pressure so there’s still a lot to play.

“We will try to put a really competitive team tomorrow to try and win again.”

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