Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has outlined the mindset he expects from his squad, as uncertainty remains over the futures of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guindozzi.
Ozil has not featured since the Premier League resumed, apparently due to a back injury. Ginduzzi, meanwhile, has been ruled out after he grabbed Neil Maupe by the throat following the Gunners’ last-gasp defeat by Brighton last month.
Matteo Guendouzi has not played since the clash with Neil Maupe/Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Arteta previously outlined that only players who were ‘on board’ would remain at the club, and has now sought to clarify what he meant as he once again spoke to the media. addressed – this time ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Wolves.
“Players who respect the values that we want to implement, that they are 100 percent committed to our culture, and players who are accountable every day for what we ask of them,” Arteta told The Independent. said to
“Players who are willing to help each other, fight for each other and enjoy playing together. That’s what I mean by being on the boat. If you behave like that every day. , so you are very welcome here and we want to help you get the best out of you and enjoy your career with us.”
Arsenal next face Wolves as they look to keep their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive. The Gunners are currently six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and need a flawless end to the season to sneak into the European places.
Arsenal fall behind in race for Champions League places / Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
Arteta added that he is using training to de-stress his players ahead of the club’s crucial run of games.
“Now we don’t spend as much time in training as we used to but you see it in every reaction of the player,” he said.
“When he comes to training, how he comes, how prepared he is, the way he communicates, the way he brings energy, the way he conveys his emotions to his teammates. , the way he reacts to certain things, the way he behaves in training, during games, there are many things we can pick up.”