Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta stressed that he was not happy with the postponement of the team’s matches last week due to the repercussions of the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Arsenal’s two matches were canceled last week, the first against Everton in the English Premier League and the other against PSV Eindhoven in the European League.
“Happy with the delays? We needed to play, we want to play,” Arteta said at the press conference. “When you look at the schedule, especially after the World Cup or what we have to go through after the World Cup or next month, we needed to play those matches.”
“Step away from the table by not playing Chelsea, Liverpool and United? We have to win our games plus we’ll play the other games at some point.”
“I think in a healthy way, I think about where I am and where I want to go and keep going, it’s always important to think like this.”
And about not calling Ben White, he explained, “Is it because of his change of position? He plays with us in both positions (defender and right back) that he is chosen sometimes and sometimes not. In my opinion, this is the coach’s decision. What I can say is when he is called, he will be ready.”
On winning the Coach of the Month award, he said: “It’s great. It’s a sign that the team is doing well, winning. Thank you to everyone at the club, the players who make a difference on the pitch and the great fans.”
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta won the August coach of the month award in the English Premier League.
Arteta outperformed Antonio Conte (Tottenham), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Graham Potter (formerly Brighton and now Chelsea), and Marco Silva (Fulham).
And Arteta became the second coach in Arsenal’s history to achieve this breakthrough, after the historic head coach of the Gunners, Arsene Wenger.
This is the third time Arteta has won the award after September 2021 and March 2022.
“Arsene Wenger back in a managerial position at the club? The door is always open for him when he’s ready, he knows how I feel about that, and I hope that happens soon because I think he will be an inspiration and a lot of people will be happy to see him.”
Arsenal will visit Brentford next Sunday in the seventh week of the English Premier League.
Arsenal leads the English Premier League table with 15 points and has only been defeated once, against Manchester United.