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Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal players are at risk of exhaustion this season

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal players are at risk of exhaustion this season

Arsenal vs Newcastle

Arsenal will be back in Premier League action later today.

The Gunners’ last outing, of course, proved a rather disappointing one for Mikel Arteta and co.

Granted, Arsenal did manage to keep a clean sheet against Crystal Palace, extending their unbeaten run to five games across all competitions.

However, the north Londoners once again lacked any sort of real cutting-edge up top.

This saw them forced to settle for a point, leaving Arsenal languishing down in 11th place in the English top-flight, well off the pace of the current top-six.

Nevertheless, though, Arteta and co. will likely be confident of getting back on track vs Newcastle.

The Gunners downed the Magpies in an FA Cup 3rd round clash earlier this month (though they did need extra time to do so).

Steve Bruce’s men have also seriously struggled in the Premier League of late, and actually handed Sheffield United their first win of the season last week.

Arteta on Arsenal stars

Ahead of Monday’s tie, though, Mikel Arteta has voiced his concerns over the fitness of his squad.

With the Premier League having of course started later than usual this season due to Covid-19, teams have often been forced to play at least two games a week, especially if, like Arsenal, they are also partaking in European competition.

In turn, the Gunners have been forced to deal with a couple of fitness scares of late, with both Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli having missed out vs Palace on Thursday.

Both look set to be back in the club’s squad for tonight, but this hasn’t eased Arteta’s concerns over fitness.

When asked if his players are at risk of exhaustion due to the campaign’s congested schedule, the Spanish tactician explained:

“Yes. We have been trying to manage it, but the reality is that the fixtures are what they are and we didn’t have a pre-season, which is why – and we’ve talked about it many, many times – one of the reasons we wanted the five subs.

“It was exactly that, but this is just the consequences and this will happen more and more, I think, and to more clubs.”

Quotes via Goal.

See also: Arsenal vs Newcastle United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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