Arsenal boss Arteta hails young guns triumph over Liverpool but raises fears over lack of cash to boost squad

Arsenal boss Arteta has 'concerns' over size of summer transfer kitty in aftermath of impressive 2-1 victory over Liverpool

Arsenal boss Arteta hails young guns triumph over Liverpool but raises fears over lack of cash to boost squad

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has raised concerns over just how much cash he will have to spend in the summer transfer window to boost his squad. CREDIT: SKY SPORTS

Arsenal beat Premier League champions Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates on Wednesday evening. 

First half goals from Alex Lacazette and Reiss Nelson's first  top flight goal in England saw the Gunners overturn a 1-0 deficit after Sadio Mane's 20th minute opener.

While Arteta was pleased with his team's resolution he raised concerns over the amount of money he will be given to strengthen his squad this summer. 

Read on for the transcript of his interview with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves at the Emirates.

On the welcome result…

Absolutely. Just in terms of energy and happiness in the dressing room and to put a defeat away before a semi-final, obviously, it’s a good medicine.

On Arsenal's performance being the maximum he could have hoped for…

To beat Liverpool, you know how many good things you have to have. You have to have moments in the game when you just take your chances, that’s what we did, you have to defend in many moments the way we did tonight and you need a bit of luck, today we had all of that.

On what he liked about Arsenal's performance…

The belief. I was worried after we went down 1-0 about how we were going to react because they are such a team with their pressing and the way they play that they nullify you in many moments. We were able to pick one moment and then we believed again. Before I think they would have gone down and today, they reacted; we needed to go for it, we know how important this game is for us and here is the reward.

On feeling vindicated in rotating his squad after Sunday's defeat at White Hart Lane…

If you win, nobody will talk about that. If you lose, you are a disaster. It’s what it is in this profession, unfortunately. I had to play the players who deserved to play and were in the best conditions for the game.

On which route into Europe is more likely for Arsenal…

I have no idea. I didn’t have any idea before the game and I’m in the same position right now. We’ll go for both of them, give our maximum, there are just a few games so we’ll keep going.

On the job Arteta faces in north London...

It's massive. You only need to look at the difference between the two teams today. The gap is enormous. The gap in many areas we cannot improve it in two months. But the gap between the accountability, the energy, the commitment, the fight of the two team is now equal. Before it wasn’t like this. I’m very proud of that. The rest will take some time. But at least that, we’ve got it now. My message to the players is with that we can create something.

On whether he has a bigger job rebuilding Arsenal than Wenger did on his arrival…

I think the context is different. I think the competition right now in the country is much harder than what it was before. Arsene did some incredible things, he brought a new philosophy, new ideas to the country and he was very successful. I have done nothing yet. I have everything to do. We will need support, we will need belief and we need to go in the direction, it doesn’t matter what happens.

On whether he’ll have money to spend…

I don’t know.

On whether a lack of money is concerning…

It’s a big concern. You know, you have to see how they build those squads, there’s no magic. You need to improve the squad with quality, quality players and you need bigger squads to compete in this competition. That’s the challenge...

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  1. Cyril

    Jul 16, 2020, 3:25 #116967

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  2. Cyril

    Jul 16, 2020, 0:42 #116966

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