Arteta anticipates thrilling FA Cup clash as Arsenal faces Liverpool again

Posted : 05 January 2024

Arsenal and Liverpool find themselves facing each other in the FA Cup third round, a matchup neither manager would have preferred. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal's manager, sees this clash as the start of a potential successful run in the competition.

 

Arteta, who won the FA Cup in his debut season with Arsenal, acknowledges the rich history both clubs have in the tournament. Despite the tough draw, he anticipates another thrilling encounter, echoing their recent 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

 

The Arsenal manager is aware of the challenging fixture against Liverpool, emphasizing the need to cope with it and expressing expectations of an exciting game. Although Arsenal led the league at Christmas, a recent dip in form has seen them drop to fourth place.

 

Arteta points to the reduced goal output from key players like Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Martin Odegaard compared to the previous season. While acknowledging the difficulty of replicating such exceptional numbers, he emphasizes the importance of improving goal conversion.

 

Injuries and international duties have stretched the Arsenal squad thin, particularly at full-back with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Oleksandr Zinchenko unavailable. Arteta hints at the possibility of no new signings this transfer window, emphasizing the club's focus on maximizing the current squad's potential. Despite challenges, Arteta remains optimistic about the FA Cup clash, aiming to build on the team's history in the competition and navigate a successful journey.

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