Mikel Arteta has exhibited his fury on Europa League officials. The reason behind his anger is that of the advantage that has been given to Tottenham. The advantage comes before the North London derby on March 14th, 2021, and could grant Jose Mourinho a win over Arteta.
Subsequently, the Spaniard had expressed his disappointment. In an interview on March 3rd, 2021, when he said, “They have an advantage, and it is unfortunate for us that we do not have one. The decision is final, and that cannot change.” Nevertheless, Tottenham will host Dinamo Zagreb in England. Thus not risking any fatigue from plane journeys.
Arsenal and Tottenham were set to face their Europa League opponents in England. Their players could thus avoid the jet lag from the round-trip journeys via planes. However, the league authorities dismantled the decision due to a rule in the Europa League.
The rule does not allow teams from the same nation to play their opponents in the same country. After the decision was taken, Arsenal was told to fly three thousand miles to Greece. In order to play Benfica in the Europa League round of sixteen-second leg on March 12th, 2021.
Arteta has played against Tottenham in fourteen games and scored four goals against them. Moreover, as a manager, he has two wins and one draw in the North London Derby. In an interview, Mikel Arteta said, “We as a team must make use of their advantage and win the derby.”
Arteta can confidently make a statement like that. He has yet to record a defeat to Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium or away at White Hart Lane. In his first-ever North London derby, his team conceded two goals and scored two goals. Thus, they took away a point from the fixture.
Mikel Arteta dashes speculations he will join Barcelona
The thirty-eight-year-old Arsenal manager is on Barcelona’s radar after improving the North London club. He has showcased previous glimpses of the old Gunners team under Arsene Wenger.
Subsequently, Mikel Arteta has rejected their approach just as Wenger did. In an interview, Arteta responded to the speculations by saying, “They are a huge team, and I have played many games for them at the youth level. So, I will always be linked with them, but that does not mean it will happen.”
Mikky played for the Barcelona youth teams (Barcelona C and B). He then moved to PSG on loan and then transferred to the Scottish Premier League with the Rangers. He made a return to La Liga with Real Sociedad before moving permanently to England.
Arteta knows Arsenal will have a massive disadvantage against Tottenham concerning the jet lag and fatigue.
Still, the Spaniard will motivate his players to do their best. Therefore he will push for a win in Greece. Also a win at Emirates Stadium would announce Arsenal’s intention to challenge for the title next season.
/ 2 hours ago
Lewis Hamilton seems to enjoy his weekend ahead of the Imola Grand Prix, as...
‘I’m a Legend Man He Is a Legend Too’ Tony Ferguson Has High Hopes for ‘Superfight’ Against Nate Diaz
Tony Ferguson has spoken about a possible match-up with Nate Diaz. They are both...
Tony Ferguson urges Khabib Nurmagomedov to ‘sign on the dotted line’ and fulfill his late father’s wish
Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson expects the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov to return...
Novak Djokovic, the ATP world number one player shared his feelings on playing in...