Although many consider the Carabao Cup a competition of no particular importance, the fact is that every coach and team wants to have a trophy in the showcase. Trophies are what you aim for. Mikel Arteta and his team will play a Carabao Cup match against West Ham tonight.
Although there are rumors that individuals from Arsenal underestimated this competition and do not take it seriously, the Spanish expert had an interesting answer; ‘I don’t think I have three World Cup winners in the squad that can think like this about the Carabao Cup,’ Arteta said.
‘I might be wrong, but I don’t think anyone can think like that. I think that would be very, very arrogant. I don’t know if we can convince them (the fans). If you ask about what the priority would be, it wouldn’t be the Carabao Cup for sure.'
Mikel Arteta: You cannot approach it in any different way
Arteta wants his team to take seriously every challenge that comes their way. The goal is to train and work for each match as for any other. ‘For us it’s more internally how we use it.
The amount of work we put in ourselves and how we approach every single game playing for Arsenal Football Club. You cannot approach it in any different way because that’s not respecting the game.' While some argue that Arsenal's early exit would relieve the football players of the London club from added burden, Arteta once more denied such claims.
‘I don’t think the players think like that. I think they get really upset when they lose. After you are out you try to look at the bigger picture and say, ‘ Ok, now we’re going to use it in a different way.’ But if you ask someone what they want to do tomorrow, for sure they want to win the game.’ Source: METRO