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Mikel Arteta demands Premier League rule change after Arsenal suffer double injury setback

Mikel Arteta demands Premier League rule change after Arsenal suffer double injury setback

Mikel Arteta is advocating for an expansion in Premier League squad sizes as his Arsenal team aims to continue their unbeaten start against Sheffield United.

The Gunners have achieved victories in six out of their nine matches this season and secured a notable win against Seville in the Champions League recently.

However, this success was overshadowed by setbacks, including Gabriel Jesus sustaining a hamstring injury and Thomas Partey encountering another injury setback that might keep him out of action for more than a month.

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Additionally, summer signing Jurrien Timber is still unavailable due to knee surgery, and Arteta has been without key players such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard at various points throughout the season.

The Arsenal manager, known for previously expressing discontent with the football calendar, believes that broadening the Premier League squad sizes beyond the existing constraint of 25 players could offer a potential solution.

“If we have more games, more competitiveness and physically the standards are higher – by playing more minutes – we have to do that or instead of five subs, we have 10,” he said.

“The five subs is now something normal but it was a big fight to go from three to five. I cannot imagine the game in the conditions we are in today after last year and the World Cup without five subs, it would be so difficult.

“If the calendar extends, for sure we would have to think of not dropping the quality. The only way to do it is players have to have certain availability and you need players to pick.

“When is this going to stop and how long will it take for us to make the right decisions? The laws will change and probably our capacity to do things during games will change as well. We will have to adapt, for sure.

“We will need more players. The players have a certain amount of energy. The battery lasts so long and we will burn them. We will need more players if that’s the case. We have to adapt.

“There are periods sometimes where you get really unlucky, and sometimes things that are really difficult to prevent. When you are loading players more and there are players who haven’t done it in the past that risk increases.

“We try to manage every single thing to control it, but there are things that are difficult to do and we have to accept that.”

Martin Odegaard is currently available, and despite being substituted in the last two games, Arteta remains supportive of his captain’s capabilities.

Regarding recent criticisms of Odegaard’s performances, Arteta commented: “(It’s because) he’s an incredible player and he’s doing so much for us.

“He’s our captain. We expect him to step in all the time like with the other players, and this is great because that’s the role that he has. “We have developed him into that player, that person, and now it’s about maintaining and sustaining that level. That’s the challenge.”

Mikel Arteta demands Premier League rule change after Arsenal suffer double injury setback

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