Arteta on Martinelli, Tomiyasu, racism and covid | Press conference | News

There were plenty of talking points after our comfortable away win on Elland Road on Saturday.

Gabriel Martinelli continued his rich style with two more goals, and the coach once again praised the Brazilian striker’s contribution.

In his post-match press conference, Arteta also answered questions about allegations of racism during the match, briefed us on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury and revealed which players will be absent with Covid.

Read on to see what he had to say:

On the importance of timing and patience with Martinelli…
Well, we see the player every day and we know where the player should be able to appear in the right frame, and then maintain that level in the season. We started using Gabi more and more when we thought that was the case. There is no point in exposing the player even when there are a lot of opinions to be done because it will not be useful to the player. Ultimately we are here to protect the player and develop our players in the best possible way. We judge every day by what we see and I’m really happy with him and the way he’s doing.

On the development of the Martinelli in terms of its location on either wing…
He’s come a very long way because his energy, his passion and his commitment, he’s not much better than ever, but there are other aspects of the game that he has to develop and maintain and he’s exceptional in it, like today, because when he has opportunities he stays away from them. Again, it’s in the right direction.

On allegations of racism against our players…
Unfortunately I can confirm this and the stadium manager has been informed of this and now the authorities will deal with it.

On whether one of our alternates heard racism from the public…
Yes, he was a player sitting on the bench. One of the players heard these comments.

About the alleged incident…
I don’t know exactly who it was [directed at]That is why they will have to interview them and they will deal with the authorities in this case.

When Tomiyasu goes off injured…
No, it was a muscle injury. He has a huge burden on him because he has played every minute since he joined us and until this week he has been struggling a little bit. We decided to take him off, he wasn’t 100 per cent confident to continue the match and hopefully not injured.

On why the London Colney should be cleaned deep earlier this week…
Pure precaution. We had some cases in the staff and we wanted to prevent any problems. Everyone we saw around us had a few cases and cases went up, so we wanted to protect our employees and my neighbor [the club doctor] And the medical staff made the right call to shut it down for a day, made sure all the tests everyone took were negative and made sure that when we came back, everyone would be safe.

On Sambi Lokonga contracting Covid and if anyone else has…
We have another player too, Pablo has Covid, so unfortunately he will be out.

For unprotected players…
I already mentioned that we can suggest and instruct players to get vaccinated, but that’s really personal, and I don’t think you can go any further than that. You have to educate them and try to give them the right information, try to understand the different cultures in which we are involved in football and then we have done well so far and hopefully we can continue like this.

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