Every word Mikel Arteta just said on Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock, Folarin Balogun and Molde

Willock was excellent?

I think he was really strong in his performance. The way he’s approaching every opportunity it shows how mature he is. i saw his press conference as well I’m impressed the way hes communicated hes developing the right away. He’s a player i like he has some very special qualities and hes showing it with his performances, his goals and his attitude.

Why doesn’t this competition have VAR when Premier League does?

I don’t understand. I don’t think it makes any sense when we have the technology and we believe its the right call to do it. We were complaining with the ref because it’s obviously onside. Obviously its a situation that can change the game and its something they have to look at and if possible change it.

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When are you going to give Willock some PL football?

The thing is that we have a big squad a the moment. I really trust him. This is the competition that we are not treating to give young players a chance. This is a competition we’re taking seriously. We want to play players in the best possible shape to give us what we need and certainly Joe is one of them.


The main competition. Bernd is our no.1 he had a lot of games last time and played with the national team last time. We decided it was the right game for Alex last time and we believed it was the right call. If we have to rotate because I believe it’s best for the squad then I’ll keep doing it.

Mikel Arteta directs his players vs Molde
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What do you make of Pepe and what does he have to do to get into the starting XI?

Consistency throughout the game. throughout 90 minutes, in every game, in the final third, the final product has to be better not just from him. We have to put higher demands at the moment. He scored a great goal and another assist and he can do more so he’s on the right path.

In general consistency wise in the final third we have to finish…