Following Manchester United’s decision to cancel their plans for a training camp in the Gulf region, Mikel Arteta insisted that the Gunners will follow suit if their safety cannot be guaranteed.
With tension rising in the area after senior Iranian commander Qasam Soleimani was killed in an American airstrike in Baghdad earlier this month, this could be a deciding factor in which Arsenal travels for the winter holidays. in the Premier League.
For Arsenal, this break will take place over the two week period between their meetings with Burnley on February 2nd and Newcastle on February 16th. Last season the Gunners flew to Dubai to play Al-Nasr Dubai between the 3-0 victory in the Europa League Rennes on March 14, 2019 and the 2-0 victory at Newcastle on April 1, 2019.
football.london he understands that the club is considering returning to Dubai this year near the weekend of February 8 if they decide to travel mid-season.
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“We talked about different options on this break to leave and live together in a different environment with better weather conditions and a little far from here,” he said in his pre-match press conference in front of Sheffield United.
“We still have a few things to keep an eye on from the club point of view and when we know all this we will confirm what we are doing. But at the moment we have two or three different options.
“The security decision will be the priority. If we are warned by the club and the people making those decisions that it is not safe, we will not go anywhere.”
The Gunners may also need to make sure they avoid an FA Cup replay with Bournemouth to fully enjoy their free time. Their meeting is scheduled for January 27, but the fourth round replays will take place on February 4-5. If that happens football.london he understands that they will not leave for their midseason trip which would be around February 8th.
In his four weeks in charge of Arsenal, this is only the second with a whole week’s training before a game. Although there has been an improvement in this hectic period of time, the Spaniard has not had much time to fully instill his ideas into the team which this break will give him a good chance of making.
In the event that Arsenal is brought to a replay of the FA Cup, however, Arteta insists that Arsenal will have to deal with it.
“We know where the priorities are with the games, and the priority at the moment is not to protect the players and have everyone with the same conditions,” added the head coach.
“So we could go from one scenario to another, which is a bit bizarre, but we can’t change it.
“They probably did (think about it), but I don’t know, with the amount of games we have to play every year after which is not realistic because if you keep going into the cups there are no dates to play so many games. So to a at some point they’ll have to do something that’s probably not right for the rest of the competition. “
Across a busy holiday season, Arsenal’s schedule will be more spaced out for the second half of the season. However, with the constant reversal of the games in December and early January, Arsenal also lost key players due to an injury.
Calum Chambers has been sidelined for the rest of the season, Sead Kolasinac will at least lose the game against Sheffield United and Lucas Torreira is not 100% fit after suffering a muscle injury near his hip against Crystal Palace.
Despite the adversities that Arteta has already faced since taking over Arsenal, he does not believe that this gives him an excuse if Arsenal will face Bournemouth in a replay.
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“When you have clear weeks of course you can work more specifically on the basics and principles you want to set, your game models, your game style, everything,” said the Spaniard.
“But listen, I decided to come here in December, I’ve been here (in England for) 16 years, I know exactly what it meant, so it’s not an excuse.
“We have to adapt to what we have. If we have two weeks (pause), it will be brilliant, if we have to play a replay we obviously know that we won’t have that, so we have to adapt.”