Mikel Arteta has been talking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash at Brentford on Saturday evening.
The Gunners boss answered questions about several topics during his pre-match press conference, including Aaron Ramsdale’s return to the team for the game in west London and the FA charge he is facing following his post-match comments at Newcastle.
Here is a selection of what Arteta had to say:
On Martin Odegaard – Will he be available?
“Hopefully yes. We have another session today but he has been progressing well and hopefully he will be available.”
On Gabriel Jesus’ fitness
“He is available. He played 96/97 minutes in a really competitive match. Like I said, we have another session [today]. They had a long flight and I have to see the condition of every single player to make the final call on the lineup.”
On Ben White
“Again, if he is available today he will be eligible to play. But it’s a question mark to be resolved in the next few hours.”
On Aaron Ramsdale – presume he will start?
On how Ramsdale is this week – Excited?
“I think every player is willing to play obviously. They are all excited to play.”
On Jurrien Timber – How is he around the place despite his injury?
“Brilliant. You talk to anyone in that building, he’s a really special character. We were really impressed when we signed him, we went “wow, we have an incredible player”. He had a big set back and a really difficult setback to go through and he’s been really special in the way he has handled the situation. Really special.”
On whether Timber might be seen out on the training pitch sometime soon?
“I hope so. Doing what kind of activity, that’s something very different. He’s done a few walks on the field, but that’s still a bit far from competing. But he’s in a good place.”
On the FA charge – Have you sent your observations yet?
“Yes, we have. We will try to give our point and the reasons why and there’s not a lot more that I can comment on.”
On whether he is happy with how it’s all been handled?
“There is a process and when you get asked to give your observations you have to do it in the right way.”
On whether he would say the same thing again if he could turn the clock back?
“That’s not possible. You learn from everything that’s for sure.”
On Saturday being his 200th game in all competitions for Arsenal
“Really proud. To reach that number in a big club is difficult. Hopefully a lot more positive things will come.”
On Takehiro Tomiyasu being linked to Bayern Munich
“I really want him to stay, I value him a lot. I really like him. He’s loved and respected by everyone at the club. He’s getting a lot of minutes and he will continue to be with us.”