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After a two-week impromptu hiatus from the Premier League, we are back in action against Brentford on Sunday.

Our manager Mikel Arteta spoke to the media before the match.

On winning the Manager of the Month award…

Welcome. I think that’s a sign that the team is doing well, that the team is winning football matches and that’s a result of that. Thanks to all the people involved in the club who contribute to us every day, who make our task easier and possible, and of course to the players, who are on the field making a difference and helping us win games. And for our support, thank you very much.

On whether the Manager of the Month award is a reflection of good hiring…

It’s a reflection of everything and you can have these things and then you can lose football matches and then you won’t get that prize. At the end of the day, it’s all about persistence and trying to make all the right decisions every day. Then you have to put them into practice as much as possible in football matches, which at the end of the day sets the club’s momentum.

On the death of Queen Elizabeth II…

I think what the state has done is tremendous. I think it shows the level of respect, admiration and legacy that the Queen has left in the lives of so many and I think he was very emotional and coming from a different country and culture, to see that reaction was so special. I think it says a lot about her identity and what’s left behind.

On worrying about losing momentum…

Obviously what happened happened for a really important reason and we are always ready to play, but there are police, there are other authorities and people who have to make the right decision. The decision was made and we adjusted our schedule to be as competitive as possible for Sunday, like any other team.

On the relief that the Brentford match was not cancelled…

We need to play and we want to play. When you look at the schedule after the World Cup in particular or at what we have to go through in October, we need to play games because if not, it’s impossible.

On facing Brentford…

Well, I think they are a really good team. I think what Thomas and the staff have done there, not just this year but over the years – I think is fantastic. The way they’ve played and the results they’ve had against the big clubs as well, especially at home, just sets the tone and what’s going to happen on Sunday and we know just how hard it will be to beat them.

On Thomas Frank…

I think he did a great job with himself and the coaching staff. The club, the clarity, the philosophy, the vision they have and how they have implemented it and how they are constantly evolving… I think they deserve a lot of praise for what they have done.

On the difference between this season and the time we faced Brentford last season…

This is Arsenal Football Club, it is a club for everyone and everyone contributes in the right way. Obviously the context has changed, the environment has changed and we have to keep it, as it is, for a long time.

On Evan Tony’s career path…

I think it’s a great story. This country has had stories like this in the last few seasons – same with Jamie Vardy – and I think it’s quite unusual. This means that opportunities are open to everyone once again. It’s just about showing consistency in showing quality and faith. It can happen at any age and isn’t really something specific. If you don’t go through that stage in that period of your life, you can still be a professional player, a top player, an international player, so I think it’s pretty cool.

On whether he’ll motivate players with tweets like last season…

I didn’t write the script for it, I’m sorry! If you have any ideas, just give them to me, I’m out of ideas!

On Evan Toni’s tweet in particular…

Anyone can write whatever they want, and I’m here to judge whether it should be used in a way that I think is the most powerful.

On whether he wanted his players to tweet like that…

I like my players to behave a certain way, and I’m happy with the way they behave.

In team news for Sunday…

Unfortunately, the updates will be tomorrow. Anyone who will be disqualified, it will be tomorrow. We have that 24 hours to see. One or two tomorrow could be considered for training and selection and that would be key to the next twenty-four hours.

On the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe…

It was an ongoing problem for him. He does feel some discomfort in the groin area, unfortunately. He hasn’t had any continuity this season and it’s something we try to assess and try to help him as much as possible in any way we can because we need him fit and we want him available and we want him to perform at his best. The level, because he is an important player for us. Unfortunately, in this period and for periods of the last year, we did not get it.

On Zinchenko’s fitness…

Again we have to wait until tomorrow to make that decision, as it was at that moment and what we decided to do for international week, doesn’t mean we’re going to say the same on the weekend, so that’s something we’ll do headline tomorrow.

On Ben White’s absence from the England squad…

He played in both positions [centre-back and right-back]Sometimes it is chosen, sometimes it is not. I think you have multi-skilled players who can play at the level that Ben can play in both center backs and full-backs, which is something, in my opinion, any coach would want. Especially when you go to a tournament where a lot of things can happen. That’s the decision of Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff and what I can tell you is that when Ben gets the call, he’ll be ready.

When choosing the right players…

Gareth picks the best team and the best team he believes in at the moment. This does not mean that it will be the case in November. The team they have is absolutely fantastic and everything we can do to help Ben, we try to do it. I think Ben gives plenty of reasons to be chosen.

On Ben White’s ingenuity…

When we think about doing something to maximize the resources we have in the team, to have some connectivity and other options to play the way we want to play, we have to make sure that the player is happy to do it and that they feel it. able to do that. If not, it is just a waste of time. So it should go both ways, I have those discussions with Ben, he’s always been very open. I think he really enjoys playing in that position and that’s why he’s doing so well. I think it’s great for him, at his age, to be involved in other positions.

On whether Ben White is fit…

It is decent.

On the absence of Gabriel Jesus in the Brazil squad…

I do not have [been given a reason why]. What I have to do is try to convince the players that they have to keep it up, drop their heads, accept the decision made by the national team coach and give them more reasons if necessary for the necessity. is selected. This is how the boys responded and there is nothing else to comment on.

On Marquinhos’ performance against Zurich…

I was looking more at the faces of the rest of the crew and players. He is very popular, not fluent in English, only with his smile and demeanor. He is respected and admired by everyone here. It was a big step for him because he didn’t play enough minutes with us, but we were ready to give him the chance. I think he deserved it, I think he made good use of it and he is a player who needs to keep improving and to do that we need to give him chances.

On whether he’s ready for the Premier League…

We want to build the steps and when we asked him to play under 21 he was unbelievably good. His attitude towards every coach and player has been seen and could not be better. That’s what we expect from the players, that’s why he got his chance against Zurich and he might get another chance soon.

About Tomiyasu’s craftsmanship…

He can play central defense too. Tommy was playing as a left-back for his national team, Japan. When you look at the matches, he can play as a left-back, because you can’t tell me if he’s a left-back or a right-back. So we have the options out there, and we have to take advantage of them in the best possible way. Especially with the number of minutes we’ll have in the next few weeks, it’s great that the players feel comfortable doing more than one position.

On whether this weekend is a chance to open a gap…

We have to win our matches. Everyone will play the same amount. But again, obviously seeing the table and where we are and where we want to continue to be, it’s always important both emotionally and in terms of faith. I think it is useful.

On Arsene Wenger’s return to the club one day…

I like that. I think he explained it. I think he has every window and every door in this football club open whenever he’s ready and whenever he feels the time is right to do it. He knows it from me and he knows it from many other people in the football club and I hope it will happen soon, because I think he will inspire and a lot of people will be very happy to see him.

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