MORNING, ARSENAL FANS
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal need to “suffer” and “make sacrifices” if they are to end their two-game losing start to the Prem season at champs Manchester City on Saturday.
The Gunners boss was not fooled by Wednesday’s 6-0 Carabao Cup rout of a young West Brom side, led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick in his first full game this season.
And the Spaniard is still eyeing a new signing or two before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday.
Arteta said of this weekend’s ultimate test: “It is the level of the game that you have to be mentally ready to run for long periods of the game without touching the ball.
“To make the sacrifices, being prepared to suffer in the right moments.
“But as well it is having the conviction that we’re going to have our moments in the game, and when those opportunities arise, we have to take them.
“That’s how I want to see the team, they are fully committed, fully prepared and they believe that we can go to Manchester and get the result.”
And of possible new recruits he added: “There are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some questions marks and deals that can happen.”
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are still in talks over luring Gunners’ striker Eddie Nketiah.
And Arteta confirmed Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder Willian HAS held negotiations with home-country giants Corinthians.
Finally, Lazio’s Argentina midfielder Joaquin Correa has joined Inter Milan on loan after being linked to the Gunners and Everton.