Arteta on Spurs, top four and transfers | press conference | News

Mikel Arteta faced the media ahead of the north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night.

The chief discussed the latest team news, Eddie Nkeitia’s future, the top four race, Antonio Conte’s team threat and much more.

Read on for a full version:

In the team news before the match…
Thomas (Barty) is still out, Kieran (Tierney) is still out and with Ben still in doubt, we have to evaluate him and see how he feels, which is a lot better. With Bukayo it’s the same.

On how to evaluate White and Saka’s chances…
It’s very hard to evaluate injuries, it’s just how they feel today, this is the last day we can evaluate them and try to get a feel, basically.

On the challenge he faces…
It’s the most exciting, probably. But we had others when we played finals against Chelsea and Liverpool in the FA Cup and the Community Shield, it was like that. When you have the opportunity to achieve one of your goals in the season, you can’t wait to play the game because that’s a job and the work you’ve done all season trying to earn it.

On whether it would be best to reach him outside the Tottenham stadium…
The message is clear, if we beat them we are in the Champions League next season. You don’t need any motive or tell them anything more than that. The opportunity is there, we will play and play it as we always do. How we got to that center, and that’s how we’re going to deal with it.

On Manchester City’s signing of Erling Haaland…
We expect that each team will strengthen and improve every year. This has been the case in the last three or four years in particular and you can see the level and level of the top teams in the league, which is unprecedented in the history of the Premier League and that is the level. It will get more and more difficult. All we have to do is try to get to that level.

About speculation about Gabriel Jesus…
You know I’m not talking about any player who is not with us.

On the presence of an employee giving the team talk before the Tottenham match at home…
We try to approach each game emotionally in the best way, with moments and people who can describe the meaning of the game better than I do, or in a different way than I do. We always try to find the right way to make the players have the right mindset to play the game they have to play that day.

What he has planned for this week…
Whatever we do is always (inside) or off, and we will continue to do so.

Being a new experience in a stadium full of many players…
It’s different because the history of North London, we all know about it, and what it means to our fans. After that, it became a football field full of noise and the crowd would be excited to support their team, and we would definitely have our fans one hundred percent behind the team.

On whether it would be better to win the North London derby as a player or coach…
The winning factor is always the best feeling! Obviously it’s different as a player and manager, but on every occasion it’s not just about winning, it’s about how you win those games and the experience you have for the 90 minutes, especially when you’re playing at home in front of your own fans.

In the north London derby earlier in the season…
I think it was a lot of moments that defined the season, especially the one that happened against Norwich at home as well, it was a turning point, then we went to Burnley and we were able to win and then we had that game that we took advantage of and he went to the next, but it’s tough. It’s an emotional moment, this connection with the fans helps generate some moments and at the time it certainly was.

About the size of this game…
Well we all know where we want to be and the competition we want to be in and to be able to do that we have to do in the Premier League this season what we want to do and now the opportunity is ahead of us.

On recovering from the start of the season…
This is football. Things go really fast, both ways, and being surrounded by good people, making sure you believe in what you’re doing, and being consistent with it, and then, I guess over time, things happened the way they should have happened, but in football, sometimes they don’t that. So you need that element of luck as well, you need the element of support and you need that ball to get into the net at the right time when you need to.

Being motivated by cash…
Well, you have to be prepared for that. This club is built on history and it tells you that you have to be the best in the country and you have to win every competition you participate in and we have to deal with that pressure and when you don’t get results it’s part of the job.

On whether qualifying for the Champions League is like winning the European Cup…
I’ve heard that quote a few times now from a lot of different managers and I think Arsene was the first to say it because maybe he could see what was going on in the league and the difficulty of that. That was the way he described it and the way he felt, and I feel that is going to be very important for the club.

On whether tonight will rival the title-winning matches…
Hopefully we can have this conversation and that can happen tomorrow, then we can see what happens and what the fans would like to do.

Not everything is in this score…
For me, it’s more about excitement and opportunity and when you have that in football, you have to do it and you do it. This is our tomorrow’s mindset.

Whether that takes the pressure off…
For me, it’s not about being stressed again, it’s about the inner belief that tomorrow is today and tomorrow we want to achieve what we’ve earned.

ready…
We always do that, just to prepare the players for what they can expect, how they can handle certain situations and try to get them to imagine the game before they play it. It wouldn’t be any different for this game.

Whether the game being rearranged feature…
There are a lot of things that have happened throughout the season, that (make) very difficult to answer this question. What happened a long time ago now, and that’s the game we have to play, we haven’t decided in a lot of other moments when we’re playing games and when games have been postponed, and we haven’t made the occasion either. .

On whether Spurs are stronger now…
I don’t know, let’s see tomorrow. It’s true that it’s been several months since this match, and we’re a lot closer to the end, and the game has taken on a much different level of importance because of the situation we (we both) are in.

On whether he is looking for a striker in the summer…
I’m looking for the strikers in the team and that’s my focus. We have three matches and that’s the only thing I’m focused on.

On whether Edu spoke about the away win over Tottenham…
Yes we have talked, not recently but on many occasions about what they did that season, how they won it, which is great. That’s why it’s so important that you (former players) have gone through things that this team hasn’t been able to do so far. To share those experiences and help us.

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