Ahead of Arsenal’s upcoming Champions League fixture at the Emirates against Lens, Mikel Arteta held his pre-RC Lens press conference at London Conley on Tuesday afternoon.
Arteta spoke about recent team news, the impact of Leandro Trossard and he also reflected on the importance of Bukayo Saka. The star boy made his Arsenal debut five years ago today.
Talking about Fabio Vieira, Arteta said, “Yeah we’ve got a problem with him. He’s been having some discomfort and we tried to have alternative treatment, and he wasn’t improving so we’ve sent him to see a specialist and that was to get an operation done in his groin, and we did that yesterday. We’re expecting him to be out for weeks now.”
Arteta spoke about Ben White saying, “He trained the day before the Brentford game, and he was feeling good, and I think he’ll be available. That’s very good news for us.”
Arteta spoke about Bukayo being targeted in Lens as he said, “Well he’s targeted because he’s one of our most dangerous players and the teams know that and they try to stop our strengths, that’s for sure. What he’s done in those five years since his debut is remarkable at his age, when you look at how consistent he’s been, it’s very rare to see that at his age, especially in those positions at top clubs. It’s a big compliment for him.”
Arteta followed up on Saka with, “He’s crucial for us and we know what we want him to be and Bukayo needs to be a main part of that.”
Upon being asked if Trossard was the best value for money from his signings, Arteta responded, “I don’t know about the financial side, I’m not an economist at the club! I think that he’s a tremendous player, that has great talent and especially great intelligence to play the way we want to play, so he’s a really good fit for us.”