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Mikel Arteta warns arrogant Arsenal players ahead of West Ham Carabao Cup clash

Mikel Arteta warns arrogant Arsenal players ahead of West Ham Carabao Cup clash

Mikel Arteta cautioned his Arsenal squad that it would display significant arrogance to underestimate the importance of the Carabao Cup and to overlook the potential threat posed by an increasingly competitive West Ham side in tonight’s match.

While the Gunners have undoubtedly improved under the leadership of their ex-captain, their sole major trophy during his tenure remains the 2020 FA Cup triumph.

Arsenal’s League Cup drought stretches back to 1993 under George Graham’s management, and advancing in this season’s competition is expected to be a challenging task.

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Even though West Ham has experienced some instability recently, David Moyes’ team proves resilient on their home turf. Last season, they dashed Arsenal’s title aspirations by clawing back from a 2-0 deficit to secure a draw, highlighting their capability to contend strongly.

Arteta’s team is currently handling a highly demanding phase of the season, managing both European and domestic fixtures.

Despite this, the Arsenal manager has emphasized to his players that they must regard tonight’s game as an utmost priority and not take it lightly.

“I don’t think I have three World Cup winners in the squad that can think like this about the Carabao Cup,” he said.

“I might be wrong, but I don’t think anyone can think like that. I think that would be very, very arrogant.

“I don’t know if we can convince them (the fans). If you ask about what the priority would be, it wouldn’t be the Carabao Cup for sure.

“For us it’s more internally how we use it. The amount of work we put in ourselves and how we approach every single game playing for Arsenal Football Club. You cannot approach it in any different way because that’s not respecting the game.

“I don’t think the players think like that,” he added, when asked whether players, too, saw the benefit that an early exit could have in decongesting the fixture list.

“I think they get really upset when they lose. After you are out you try to look at the bigger picture and say, ‘ Ok, now we’re going to use it in a different way.’ But if you ask someone what they want to do tomorrow, for sure they want to win the game.”

Mikel Arteta warns arrogant Arsenal players ahead of West Ham Carabao Cup clash

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