Mikel Arteta

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Arteta - The effect that COVID-19 had on me

When Mikel Arteta first felt sure he had contracted coronavirus, things moved very quickly.

Our head coach immediately spoke with the doctor and club officials, and started to self-isolate - but what was that like to go through?

"I am feeling completely recovered [now], it’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus because of the owner of Olympiacos and in that moment… I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it," Arteta told Arsenal Player.

"We had a game the following day against Manchester City, so I made a decision and called the doctor straight away and I asked him to drive home. I spoke with Raul, Edu, Vinai, Huss and we set up a meeting together and I said, ‘Listen, we have a couple of players that have been exposed. There is a massive risk there and as well I am the first one feeling the symptoms, very clear symptoms. So if that is the case, all of the players and the people related to the club who are in contact with me on a daily basis are exposed. So we cannot make that decision, we have to speak to the Premier League, to Manchester City and we have to make the decision pretty quickly.'

"Then you realise, 'Wow, everybody can be exposed here, this is very serious' and you start to think about the people that you've been in contact with and the other people that can be related to us. That's when a bit of fear comes. 

"In terms of symptoms, it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest. That was it.

"The difficulty is that I have people at home, three kids as well and I was worried. My missus has been through it and my nanny's been through it. Thank God, the kids never got it. We are all completely fine now."

Interview

Saka - What Arteta has already taught me

This season has been a steep learning curve for Bukayo Saka.

Not only did the 18-year-old become the third-youngest player to start a Premier League game for us, during our draw at Everton, he has also featured largely out of position in an unfamiliar role at left back.
 
But although it has been a challenge, Saka says Mikel Arteta's influence has helped him settle into his first-team surroundings.
 
"He's someone who understands the players, understands the club and all the ideas that he's bringing in," he said. "He has a clear strategy of how he wants us to play and we're just really excited to work with him.
 
"He's teaching us little things that we didn't know before and just bringing in his own strategies, his own ways of playing. We can see that it's going to work, we're just looking forward to doing it.

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🎥 Inside Training | Mikel Arteta leads the session

"Maybe one thing that I've picked up straight away is that when nobody's pressing you, you don't need to pass the ball. What you can do is just get the ball, drive the ball forward a bit and wait for someone to come to you, commit a player, then pass it.
 
"Then that man will be free or that man will have less pressure on him. It's just attracting players before you pass the ball off, which will help our team-mates a lot on the pitch.
 
"He has his own way, his own philosophy and he's even talked about bringing his own philosophy to the club, to try to bring the club back to the direction we need to be in.
 
"We need to win games and win trophies, so I feel like he has that vision and that strategy. He knows how he wants us to get there. If we can be on board and do what he wants us to, we'll do well."

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