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ARTETA ON SAKA AND MARTINELLI’S ENERGY AND COPING WITH CROWD TENSION

In the second half of his post-West Ham press conference, which also doubles up as his pre-Fulham media appearance, Mikel Arteta touched on his side’s recent struggles in front of goal, as well as answering questions on the form of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, and the increased tension of the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Here’s what he had to say…

On how confident he is his team won’t panic after a run of disappointing results…

There’s no panic, it’s about trying to do more and do better and win games. If the team plays like this its going to win a lot of games.

On whether his team can win the title playing as they did on Thursday…

If they don’t improve in the boxes, no. But generating the rest, you say it’s a record [for touches in the box without a goal], no? So I don’t think there’s many teams in the league that have done that for many years, so it’s something very positive.

On whether Saka and Martinelli are feeling the strain…

I don’t know. Obviously, there are a lot of games but they looked really good, they looked fresh. When you win, you don’t look at that. They are young, if they are 35 maybe it’s a different question but they have a lot of energy and they can keep going, that’s for sure.

On whether his side lacked a spark…

Without a spark, you don’t generate what the team generated today. It’s impossible! But it’s the final touch, the final action to put the ball in the net or not and that’s what we need.

On tension in the crowd getting to his players…

I don’t know. We want to win, they want to win with us and they are pushing the team to do that. Listen, there is nothing we can demand of the crowd, they’ve been exceptional for us and the only thing we can do is give them more and get a lot more back.

On tension being a sign of increased expectations…

For sure, they want to win and they know the margins are really small and they want to see the team win and this is what we have to do.

On Arsenal potentially being fourth by the time we play Fulham and whether it matters…

No, it’s not. And we can be second as well, and winning, we can be first. We just have to focus on what we can control, there’s no time to look at other teams, you’ve seen how difficult it is for teams on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s going to continue to be like that because the level in this league is incredible.

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