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Arsenal press conference LIVE – Mikel Arteta on Liverpool, January transfers and injury news

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces the media ahead of the Gunners’ FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium

Hello and welcome to football.london’s live blog for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal can take a break from their Premier League troubles but with by no means less of a challenge as they get their FA Cup journey under way. Liverpool are their opponents who lead the way at the top of the league table but will be without some key stars.

Due to both injury, the African Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup, Jurgen Klopp will be without Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and crucially Mohamed Salah for the trip to North London. Arsenal will be without Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mohamed Elneny and – through injury – Thomas Partey.

Arsenal will hope to exploit these absentees of their opponents having lost none of their key starters although the troubles at left-back might have brought Tomiyasu in again. Mikel Arteta is sure to be asked for the latest on Oleksandr Zinchenko who missed the trip to Fulham before the New Year.

Kaya Kaynak and Tom Canton bring all the updates from the press conference at London Colney. More to follow…

Arteta on why Saka, Odegaard and Martinelli haven’t been as clinical this season
What they did last year is exceptional. To maintain those numbers we knew it would be hard because it was a one off. Not just for us, but a one off in the league.

Arteta on Arsenal’s finishing
I think overall execution is in every part of the field. When it comes to those spaces and the timing of the action it becomes trickier to coach and replicate. It’s very tricky but it’s something that we have to improve with how we’ve transferred those chances into goals.

Arteta on when Partey may be back
Hopefully it’s weeks. That will be determined by how the next step in terms of bringing him back into training goes.

KAYNAK
Arteta on if he’s surprised by reaction to complaint reports
I think that’s been going on for two years. We have wingers that provoke a lot of fouls and attention. That’s something normal.

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