Arteta: Europa League not a hindrance; but help

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Teams in Europe are facing busy schedule but Arteta believes playing in the competition is not a hindrance for the club.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stated that the Europa League is not a hindrance for the London club but rather sees it as a help for the team.

The Gunners will be in action later today in the Europa League as they will host Bodo/Glimt in the third group stage match.

Arteta side are yet to lose a game in the Europa League this season with their fine start to the season.

Speaking about the busy schedule and how it could be a work load for the team Arteta insists the Europa League is not a hindrance for the team.

“It’s a test for the squad in terms of the numbers and the quality that you have when you make changes and how much you notice that. At the same time, it’s about how you are able to consistently play at the highest level and demand that of yourself and be successful doing it.

“Playing in Europe is always great and tomorrow I think we’re going to have a great atmosphere again at the Emirates. We want to produce those nights and we know that we want to be playing yesterday and today, but at the moment it’s our reality and we have to accept it. It’s part of our next step.”

When asked about how he prioritize the Europa League, Arteta added: “It’s a competition that is really important for us, we know how important it is to be on top of that group. We have tough competition, and the home advantage so we have to use it. That’s why tomorrow’s game is really important for us.”

Bodo/Glimt are top of the group A and Arteta consider them as one tough opponent in the competition but claims they have done their home work on the team.

“We’ve done our homework. Obviously, we have made the players aware of the team that we are facing tomorrow, the history and what they’ve done in the last few years, and we have Martin in the squad who knows them really well and he’s done his homework in the dressing room to understand that tomorrow is going to be a tough game.”



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