Mikel Arteta on the potential return of Martin Odegaard

" I don’t know any players who are constantly perfect and to be in the best possible condition"

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Mikel Arteta on the potential return of Martin Odegaard
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Many are hoping for the return of Martin Odegaard in the near future. The Norwegian has an injury and will be under question for the match against West Ham. In an interview with the media, Mikel Arteta emphasized that the Norwegian is not fully fit.

This pace, where matches are played every 3 or 4 days, surely leads to injuries and fatigue of the players. ‘We rested him the other day, so it’s how long we rest him for and how we manage him now with the minutes and the rhythm that he needs as well to be at his best.

So, yeah, we had the opportunity to do it and we didn’t use him at the end, that was a good upload for him. It’s not only that, but there’s also a lot of things that you have to do. It’s impossible to play with no niggles in football, and at this level, when you have games every three days, it’s impossible.

If you try to do that, you better stay in bed, because I don’t know any players who are constantly perfect and to be in the best possible condition, so you have to adapt to that.’- Arteta said.

Jesus and Partey

Jesus and Partey will not play in London either.

Arsenal has a difficult task, and the season is long. They are aware that they have to give their best in every match. Playing on 4 fronts is not easy. 'With him [Jesus], I’m honestly not going to put any because I did it once and got it totally wrong.

We need to be cautious because we need to treat it in the right way. He’s already pushing everybody and wants to be back as quickly as possible, and we need him, so that’s great. I think he [Partey] will be out for weeks – I don’t know how long but he’s got another appointment today and we will see more after that.

It is a big concern because when Thomas is fit and available and he’s been part of the team, we’ve seen the results and the impact that he had.’ Source: METRO

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