Arsenal picked up a 2-0 win over Southampton last week in the Premier League and next up, they take on Norwich City at the Emirates on Wednesday.
The win vs the Saints and then against Sheffield United in the FA Cup has certainly boosted Arsenal’s confidence but speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta has explained how his players are trying hard to keep themselves fit despite such a tight schedule. The Spanish boss also goes on to talk about the weirdness of playing inside an empty Emirates stadium.
The manager said, as per the club’s official website: “The calendar that we have been given from the Premier League is pretty hectic.
“We’re playing every three days, we’re having less recovery than other teams but the players are trying their best and we’re trying to give them everything we can – in terms of recovery – to have them in the best possible conditions for every game.
“They are trying their best, so hopefully they will be fine tomorrow again.
“After winning it’s always much more positive and happier, obviously. We had a really difficult start in terms of the fixtures – playing four games away from home – so it was always going to be a challenge.
“We’re happy to win the last ones and the mood around the camp is much better.
“We had two friendlies before we started the Premier League at home and it was a really strange feeling, but hopefully they’re used to it now and we know what we expect with all the protocols that we could to make sure that the players know exactly what they have to do, and hopefully they can enjoy tomorrow again playing in our stadium.”
Arsenal are dealing with a long list of injury absentees with players like Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno and Gabriel Martinelli all ruled out for the remainder of the season.
So clearly in such a scenario, even taking on a team like Norwich City(who are at the bottom of the league table) is a major battle for Mikel Arteta and his players.
The Canaries are perhaps the easiest side that Arsenal will face for the rest of the season and if they fail to pick up all three points on Wednesday then things could go pretty downhill from this point onwards.