ARTETA’S PRESS CONFERENCE
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta spoke highly of loan signing Martin Odegaard in Thursday’s press conference.
Arteta said: “He’s a player that we followed for some time and we believe that he’s got some special qualities that we need, that we have been missing.
“Now we have to give him a little bit of time. He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club.”
On Aubameyang, he said: “I don’t know. I spoke with him yesterday and things are looking better at the moment but we’re going to have to wait and see.
“That’s what we always talk about and what we always expect to do for each other (players dedicating win to Aubameyang), that when someone is having difficulties that we understand him, protect him, give him our love and be right behind him because that’s what’s needed.”
And on today’s opponents, Arteta called on his team to be at their best: “We know it’s going to be really difficult.
“They’ve been in top form. They’ve been top of the table, playing really well. We know they are a real threat so we have to be at our best to beat them on Saturday.”