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Like many of us in the past two years, Mikel Arteta will be working from home on Saturday when we receive Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Our head coach tested positive for COVID-19 last week but remains in a good mood and enjoys the challenge of facing the reigning champion.
« I’ve never seen what I’ll see tomorrow, but it’s what it is, « said Arteta.
» It’s a different experience, but we have to adjust to it and have tried to do our best to prepare for tomorrow.
« It’s going to be very strange, and me need a big room so I can walk and move around a bit because I can’t sit on my sofa!
« It’s a big, big game for us and it’s really frustrating not being able to help the team but I’ll do my best from here with whatever I can do and we’ll ha ben prepared for every possible scenario.
« We know what we have to do and then it is up to the players to do the best they can tomorrow. »
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In Mikel’s absence, assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg takes the lead on the sidelines – a decision made by the Boss is more than happy.
« I met him a few years ago through another coach, but obviously he’s a coach I knew because of his reputation and who he worked under, » he said.
« We have a really good connection, we have the same beliefs, we see the game the same way, we all share values that we believe should be anchored in the club and he is someone who is mine is very close, he’s more than capable, he’s done it before, so I’m very relaxed in that sense. «
When asked how he will communicate with Albert and the rest of his coaching staff, the boss confirms that the plans are in place, but he’s optimistic that he doesn’t have to contribute much.
« Hopefully things are going well and I don’t have to do too much [including a team talk at halftime] and they can do it, » he joked.
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