"I NEVER considered working for Spurs!" | Mikel Arteta | Tottenham v Arsenal
00:00 – Intro
00:10 – Will qualifying for Champions League prove Arteta made the right decisions throughout the season: We try to make the decisions for the best interest of the club and team.
00:55 – How precious will Champions League qualification be for Arsenal: It’s what we want to do. We haven’t achieved it for years and because of this it’s had consequences on the club, the fans and the finances. We want to put that right.
01:35 – Is the game seen as a cup final?: It’s the game that will decide it. What the game can deliver for us is important.
02:05 – Arsenal never playing for a draw: We always play to win. Spurs will try to do the same as us and I hope it is a spectacular game.
02:30 – How different do these games feel compared to Champions League games: At the time, the club were very consistent so securing Champions League was a must. Now it is different because we didn’t have the expectation. I’m excited about it. It’s a game that can help us move forward.
03:05 – Anything learn’t to take into the Spurs game: We had moments especially when we secured it at Newcastle with Koscielny’s header at a time when it was difficult for us.
03:40 – How big will it be to secure Champions League football: You have to put into context. I arrived in the middle of a season, then we had cup success, then COVID and more financial issues. It takes time to see the effects of it.
04:25 – Effects of tomorrow night felt by both clubs for the next couple of seasons: I don’t know. Expectation is huge and one club will achieve what they’re looking for. To win the match we need to be at our highest level.
05:05 – Young dressing room: It’s a team we’ve been building for the last two seasons. We’re always looking for a balance.
05:35 – Connection between fans and club: The best way to show gratitude is by winning tomorrow. The journey will change slightly but will be more exciting.
06:10 – Ever considered working for Tottenham: No. My relationship with Pochettino goes back to when I was 18, but he was manager of Spurs and I was here at Arsenal.
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