CARABAO CUP: Arteta discusses his progress in the Carabao Cup.

In the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, Mikel Arteta was thrilled with our 1-0 victory at Brentford.

I’m delighted that you are either in or out, he said.

“We came to Brentford, played against their best team, and today we had a lot of problems putting a squad together because we had seven key players injured.

We had great control in the first half of the game thanks to a strong start. We should have scored more after our excellent goal, and in the second half we played many of the game’s crucial moments.

“We started out playing too directly, didn’t keep the ball, and found it difficult to enter the final third in a proper manner. When that occurs, the game becomes a stretch with a lot of long balls, duels, and then set-pieces like throw-ins, corners, and free-kicks.

Against Brentford, it’s difficult to defend with 11 players gathered around your penalty spot.



In the second half, we were facing certain defeat, but Aaron Ramsdale made a few crucial saves as our defenders consistently produced blocks.

“Yeah, we had some really good blocks in the box, some really big defensive moments, especially one when Aaron made a save and I think the ball hit the post, so really pleased with everybody, especially now that we have a lot of injuries, and really pleased that we find a way to win this game and stay in the competition,” Mikel said.

“Very happy for him,” Mikel continued regarding Emile Smith Rowe’s 100 games for the team. I anticipated that, and winning is a great way to acknowledge it.

Although he struggled at the end of the game due to physical limitations, it’s great to have him back.

He had some strong moments during the game.


Mohamed Elneny’s brief appearance on the field after a protracted injury was also a welcome sight.


He has worked very hard for it, so yes, he deserves it completely, Mikel said.

He has worked hard and put in a lot of hours, and the medical team and all the physiotherapists deserve praise for helping him out.

I’m thrilled that he got to play a few minutes today because he brings something unique to the team.



Ethan Nwaneri, the Premier League’s youngest player ever, made his debut at Brentford in 2017 at the age of 15.

Days earlier, we had a 13-year-old playing for the under-18s.

Today, Charles Sagoe Jr., 19, was given his debut.

All of this serves as additional evidence that if you’re good enough and old enough, you can play for Arsenal.


Mikel chimed in, “Really happy for Charles.”.

He’s been very reliable and effective this season as well.

He has done a lot of training with us, and we needed someone there because of the injuries as well.

I’m glad he had a great debut and that we won the game because we need to give him a chance and have faith in him.


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