Mikel Arteta has sympathy for Arsenal players during transfer window | Football News


Mikel Arteta will use his own experience of the deadline to understand what some of his Arsenal players are going through.

There are plenty of Gunners squad who could move on ahead of the international transfer window on Monday, while Arteta remains keen to add at least one player.

Arsenal to face Sheffield United in Premier League clash on Sunday at Emirates Stadium – Live on Sky Sports – Arteta admitting that he could sympathize with any players who might be distracted by talks about their future in the coming days.

The Spaniard almost missed his stint at Arsenal from Everton in the summer of 2011 and, when asked if he could relate to the distractions, he replied: ‘Yes I do because I have been in this position.

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“You can try to be very focused, but then you leave the training ground and you get a phone call from the agent, a phone call from another manager, a call from another owner.

“Your head is spinning, you have a family, you are thinking of moving to another country, another city.

“It’s all part of your daily life. But I just ask them “when you are here, try to be involved, focus and represent the club as best you can. “But what will happen sometimes is not in our hands. ”

Speaking of his own late move and the proximity of the deadline, Arteta added, “No, he was 15 minutes late!

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Arteta praised the ‘clarity and support’ he received from the club

“It’s part of that and I know the nerves, the stress and the uncertainty that generates. I’ve been there and it probably helps me understand some things when players feel that way.

“At one point, I saw that was not happening and I had this instinctive feeling that it was the right thing for me and that it had to happen.

“I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and when this fax arrived, even though it was 15 minutes late in the Premier League, I was so happy and relieved. I think it was the right thing to do. “

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Now that he’s a manager, Arteta could be forgiven for not enjoying the rigors of the transfer market – but the Spaniard has revealed that he and his children are all fans.

“It’s not that I hate the transfer window, I think it’s absolutely necessary,” he said. “It’s a big part of our industry and I think a lot of people love it because of the traders, I’m a fan too.

“You want to see a player on your team, there is excitement, my kids play all the time on [Football] Manager and FIFA – so that’s part of the industry and you have to pay attention to that because it’s really important.

“I think it’s very exciting because at the end of the day these are the tools you need to be able to do your job in the best possible way.

“You can dream of players that you can bring in and how you can develop them and change some positions to fit what you want to do. “


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