Press conference

'It was intense, and will be again on Tuesday'

Having been beaten by Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup, Mikel Arteta expects more from his side when we return to St Mary's on Tuesday.

To gain a better result, we will have to counter the hosts' press - and our manager knows that is easier said than done.


"They are one of the most effective teams at doing that, like we are," Arteta said. "It was a really intense game and we were expecting that for sure and we’re expecting it on Tuesday because they don’t really change.


"They are a really great team, they have a really good manager, they know exactly what they’re doing. They’ve been doing it for years now and they are good at it so we respect that and we expect a similar game on Tuesday.


"I think both teams will learn [from playing each other again so soon]. I don’t think that any manager or players like to play the same opponent twice.


"Obviously we will take things from Saturday’s game that we will analyse, we have already talked about them and will try to make them better in the next game. The one I really want to change is the result, because I want to win the game."

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