Arsenal

Every word Mikel Arteta said on Partey’s fitness, Nketiah’s performance and Patino’s chances

You were made to work hard for that weren’t you?

Yes. While we were 1-0 up obviously they’re still in the game and then in a situation in a set piece you can concede a goal. We knew that we had to close the game down, we did that at the end and it looked comfortable. But obviously it’s always a tough game.

Partey played just under an hour today. Was that always the plan?

Yes it was. He hasn’t played a lot of minutes. The rhythm of matches is nothing like the training session. He’s so willing to play and I think he was very efficient tonight.

Was it a bit of a risk playing him today?

We didn’t think so, that’s why we made the decision to play him. There’s always a risk when you play a match or when you have a training session with the intensity that we train. We believed it was the right thing to do and he was really pushing for it. I think it worked out well.

Bukayo looked lively when he came on. Is he getting back to the levels we saw last season?

Again, he finished the game against Burnley much better than he did the week before. Again he was seeking some minutes. He needed to play some minutes to get some match fitness and again I think when we brought him on, he looked really strong.

You made 10 changes tonight, how many do you expect to make for the North London Derby?

I don’t know. I will review the game and we will see what we do on Sunday. I don’t know.

The fans treated it like it was a big match. What has the approach been like preparing for this game?

The approach is to perform and win every single match and that has to be the aim of this football club. To have 50,000 fans in the Carabao Cup on a Wednesday night, it’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen in many places. The players noticed that and that raised as well the demands and it made the night more special.