Arsenal: Arteta on lessons from North London derby, Jesus and Spurs

Mikel Arteta spoke to the media ahead of the North London derby with Tottenham on Saturday.

Here are the key takeaways from his press conference:

  • He believes his side “learned the lessons” from the 3-0 loss in May that cost them a top four spot: “You take the lesson, learn it and move on. If you want to get in Champions League, you have to go through times when the pressure is high and on that day we didn’t.

  • He says Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney are all up for the game and “the boys look fine”.

  • How special a London Derby is: “A lot of things make it special. It’s the most beautiful game of the season for the supporters. It’s a very special city in a very special country with very passionate fans and a great atmosphere to play.

  • He’s not asking striker Gabriel Jesus to cool his temper, although a warning would see him suspended for next week’s game with Liverpool: “It’s in his nature. He gets a lot of contact and puts his foot and body across the line. He’s been a little unlucky with reservations and it’s a slim balance.

  • He thanked Antonio Conte for saying Arsenal “are better than last season” and praised Spurs: “The team he’s building with a clear identity is really impressive. Both teams expect a tough game tomorrow.

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