Arteta: Arsenal try to cope with numerous absences

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has said his side are trying to adjust to the huge shortage in their ranks due to numerous absences due to injury, Corona and the Africa Cup of Nations.

However, the Spain coach has confirmed that his side, despite this, are preparing in the best possible way to face Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Arsenal will meet powerful rivals Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup semi-finals without midfielders Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe, who are with their national teams in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. .

And defender Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in Africa, but he is infected with the Corona virus.

Arsenal are also awaiting confirmation that Granit Xhaka has recovered from the same rapidly spreading virus, while Emil Smith Rowe has been injured and there are doubts about his ability to compete against Liverpool.

“The situation is very uncertain and unstable,” Arteta said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“Over the past week we’ve lost a lot of players for a lot of different reasons and we’re trying to live with that.”

“The reasons are different. There are injuries, cases of Covid-19 and the presence of some players in the African Cup of Nations,” added Arteta.

“What I want this month is to have as many fit and healthy players on the squad as possible and to get the most out of them.”

Arteta has indicated the possibility of postponing the next game, but made it clear that his team want to keep the game on time without any changes.

And Arteta added: “You can never guarantee anything because you know things can change drastically in 10 seconds. We always want to play.”

Arteta also said her club are looking to strengthen their ranks during the current winter transfer window this month, underscoring her confidence in the squad’s ability to attract the players they will be under contract with.

He has confirmed that forward Eddie Nketiah will not be leaving the club during the current transfer window.

“Historically this club has always aimed to recruit the best players in the world and they have always loved joining the club,” said Arteta. “I can say it hasn’t changed.

“Every time I talk to a player, I see that they want to join us. It’s a huge advantage for us.”

Currently, Arsenal London sit fourth among twenty English Premier League teams, having won four times and drawn in their last five matches in the home league.


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