Arteta – I wouldn’t want to play against Jesus | Press conference | New

Mikel Arteta looked good in his post-match press conference on Saturday afternoon following our 4-2 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli and a first-half brace from Gabriel Jesus guided us to the three points in our first home game of the season.

Here’s what the manager said after the game:

to victory…
I am very happy. I think it was a great performance. I think it was a very good game of football for both sides. I think Leicester had their moments too and they did a lot of good things in the game and overall I’m delighted because we got the result we wanted.

on Gabriel Jesus…
We know what Gabby can do. He scored two goals and assisted two and he’s still disappointed in the dressing room because he said he could have scored four. It’s the norm, it’s the mentality that if you want to go to a different level, you need that mentality. I wouldn’t like to play against him. I’ve never been a defender but I can imagine they don’t appreciate that. He’s so mobile, so intuitive and always sharp and proactive to play at any time and in any phase of the game and he’s a real threat.

on the fans…
We tell them every day that when we play, we get better and better. What they did today with William Saliba is something I haven’t seen in my career that shows the connection and really being there when it matters and when it’s hard for someone. We should be really proud to play in front of them because it was special. I think it really boosted Wilo’s confidence and the way he played the last few minutes after that and for the team as well.

on his own purpose…
The good thing is you pay the bill but you don’t really pay because you win the football game so it’s a lot easier to learn when that happens but I’m happier today than I was was at Crystal Palace with him because the way he played after that was amazing.

on our decision-making in the final third…
You can see the interaction and the speed of execution, it’s a different level now. The spin can be the same and how they can execute it at that speed and be that precise is completely different. It’s much harder to defend.

on the importance of playing on instinct…
In this structure, in this form and in this unit, you have the freedom to decide and occupy any space, and they know it and we work on it every day.

if Jesus can maintain this level of performance…
That’s what we’re taking away because I think he’s had 18 starts in the last two seasons and we’re going to ask him to start a lot of games so we have to deal with that load and the way we train is different. . We have to be above that and I hope we are.

if the arrival of Jesus lifted the likes of Saka and Martinelli…
I think it raises the standards with the way he trains every day and the way he speaks and the way they connect. I think it’s very natural, but at the same time it’s quite impressive to do it so quickly, but we also ask other players to score goals. Granit comes into the box and he should have scored last week and he could have scored two today because he had another header, and that’s what we need. If you want to be on top, we’re going to have to score a lot of goals and we can’t rely on two or three players.

on the importance of Xhaka in our system…
He is there to play the role we want and Granit has certain characteristics, but we can develop other characteristics because he has the ability to do so, and when Fabio Vieira plays in this position he will have a different role because that his qualities are different, and it’s the same with Martin, so the team has to adapt, but the players too have to play with an eye on the goal and the feeling that they want to score.

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