Commenting upon upcoming EL match against Rapid Wien, and Arsenal-related themes on a wide range, Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, stated:
"We are very excited to be playing back in Europe again, after a difficult season, at the end of which we had to earn our right to play here by winning the FA Cup. It's a big bonus for us. We want to make the best out of it and every competition that we are involved in. Our aim is to try to win it.
Rumours about a European Super League? I don't know, it's like a new format is coming out every three or four days. I think there will be more coming out very soon. Again, I ask for some unity here, to defend the interest of everybody like it's been the case in the UK. I think that has made this league so unique. These things have to evolve in one way or another, but let's try to do it together to find the right solution.
How high a level we can compete at? Time will tell. Depending on what happens and this COVID situation, depending on the injuries... I believe we have the squad to try and fight till the last moment, and the passion. What we're looking for in this competition is to go as far as possible and win it. Runarsson? I cannot tell you the line-up for tomorrow, I'm sorry.
We had one or two issues as you know against City with a few players missing out but the rest are okay. We have Musti (Mustafi, Reporter's Note) back after a long injury. He's done really well and he looks fit to play, so we still have a big squad. We have 21 players here, and we will make the decision tomorrow who starts.
Not playing in an empty arena, after a long time? I don’t know, I think it is going to be really nice. It will be strange, but finally we are going to have some people there watching us who are not just the people working around us on a daily basis. It is an experience. Let’s see how we feel it, but it is a very positive thing.
Thomas Partey? He reacted really well, he came on and look strong and confident [against Man City] and he added something positive to the team. It was a very short turnaround for him since he joined the team, he had a day, a day-and-a-half only in training. He has done a few more training sessions and he looks ready to start.
We know that this club has to aim for every competition and we have to be involved in European competition, so let’s start tomorrow. It will be tough. You haven’t asked too many questions about the game and I am worried, because I have seen from Rapid, they look a strong and dangerous side, so we better be prepared tomorrow. We are going to have a few fights, but there is a gameplay on the set pieces obviously! There is an order we have to try to respect as much as possible, but the players have to make the decisions on the pitch about how they feel and the confidence level they have to execute an action like this".