Mikel Arteta banks on his big-name players to ‘create magical moments’ after falling to a late equalizer at Emirates stadium.
Arteta hopes to keep his sides European dream alive when they travel to meet Slavia Prague on Thursday night. Arteta, who may miss out on European football next season, insists big players will step up in big games.
The former Arsenal and Everton midfielder did not want to consider a prospect of Arsenal missing out on European Football. He dashed such thoughts when asked about the possibility of his side missing out on European competition.
“No. Because I don’t want to put it in my mind or transmit it to any of the players or anybody at the club.”
In the meantime, Arteta confirms that Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe would be available for the trip to Prague. He also refused to rule out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard, who claims they face late fitness tests.
“In big games, big players have to step in and create the magic moments. So let’s hope that we can have them,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter who it is but someone has to create when the team needs those moments. We have moments in the season where it has been the senior players. And then, other moments where it has been the young players. It doesn’t really matter,” Arteta explains.
Meanwhile, on other Europa League news, Red Star Belgrade has been punished after the racist abuse of Ibrahimovic in the Europa League.
UEFA have ordered Red Star to play a home game in European competition behind closed doors and fined €30,000 ($36,000). They have been punished for racist behavior and COVID-19 protocol breaches during their Europa League clash
UEFA issued the punishment, “Red Star is to play the next two home matches behind closed doors. The second being suspended for a probationary period of one year starting from the date of this decision, for the racist behavior of its supporters.”