Mikel Arteta complains about Arsenal’s grueling schedule since the Premier League restart, but insists his squad go ‘full throttle’ against champions Liverpool
- Arsenal host champions Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night
- They are looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to the bitter rivals Tottenham
- Arsenal is unlikely to qualify for European football next season
- Mikel Arteta emphasized a drawback that Arsenal had since the resumption of the competition
Mikel Arteta has pointed to a downside Arsenal had with their Project Restart schedule, but insists they will be ready to go ‘full throttle’ against champion Liverpool on Wednesday.
Arteta has to pick up his players both physically and mentally after their defeat in the North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
He said: “Some players have made huge demands since we got to the season and played for many minutes, and you can see that in the recovery schedule we got from the Premier League every two and a half days.
Arikelal of Mikel Arteta is preparing for their confrontation with champion Liverpool on Wednesday
Arteta insists his Arsenal players go “full throttle” against Liverpool in the Emirates
“But we will judge them today and tomorrow and put the players on the field in the best possible condition to compete and try to win the match again.
“We played 11 games and we only had an advantage in a game against Spurs. The rest, all teams had at least 24, 36 or 48 hours more [rest] than us.
“But look at the boys, they keep going, they go full throttle it doesn’t matter and we will do it again and we can’t complain because it doesn’t matter. They are not going to change it. The fixtures are already there so we will go ahead and do our best. ‘
One of the players who will not be available is Mesut Ozil, who has missed Arsenal in the last five games due to a back problem.
Asked if Ozil will play again this season, Arteta said, “I don’t know. The Mesut situation is still the same as it was. We’ll see if that changes. ‘
Mesut Ozil will not be available after missing the last five games with a back problem