‘It becomes really dangerous’ – Arsenal boss Arteta hits out at international fixtures
Mikel Arteta has hit out at the upcoming international break, labelling the scheduling as ‘really dangerous’.
The Arsenal boss is set to lose several players after Sunday’s game at West Ham, with nations such as Englnad squeezing in three World Cup qualifiers in just six days.
It’s a situation Arteta believes is far from acceptable, although he admits that there is little Arsenal or other clubs can do apart from hope their players return unscathed.
What’s been said?
When asked about the upcoming international break and the fact some nations will play three games in six days, the Arsenal boss said: “I think it’s a bit too much in a normal year, so this year I think it becomes something really dangerous with the amount of minutes these boys have played in such a short time with no preparation.
“I don’t think it’s right but we’re not going to change it. The decisions have been made and the games are going to be played, so it’s just about how we protect our players in the best possible way.
“I always want to trust [the international federations].
“We will communicate with them and tell them the state of our players and try to maintain an open discussion to try to manage the load the best possible way and don’t change too much the things they are used to doing.”
Will Saka be fit for England?
Arteta is unsure whether Bukayo Saka will be able to link up with the England squad for their qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland next week.
The teenager has been suffering with a hamstring problem and Arsenal have games against Olympiacos and West Ham before players are due to link up with their national teams.
Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta
Mohamed Elneny is looking to complete a remarkable turnaround at Arsenal by landing himself a contract extension.
The Egyptian midfielder appeared destined to be heading for the exits when Unai Emery sent him out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, with alternative options being favoured in north London.
Another Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, has found room for the 28-year-old within his plans, though, and it could be that fresh terms are now thrashed out at Emirates Stadium.
What has been said?
Elneny has said in the Evening Standard: “Of course, for me I am always loyal to Arsenal.
“And if Arsenal say to me: ‘Sign a new contract’, of course I would be happy to do this.”
When does Elneny’s current deal expire?
Arsenal snapped up a hard-working performer from FC Basel in January 2016.
Elneny has taken in 119 appearances for the Premier League heavyweights and is tied to a deal through to the summer of 2022.
How has he fared this season?