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Arteta responds to Xavi’s salty comment he made after Arsenal beat Barcelona

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to Barcelona manager Xavi’s salty comment that he made after the gunners defeated Barcelona.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to a comment made by Barcelona manager Xavi after Arsenal’s impressive 5-3 victory over the Spanish giants in a pre-season friendly. Xavi had expressed surprise at the intensity displayed by Arsenal, considering it was just a friendly match.

Arteta, however, dismissed Xavi’s comment and emphasized that the intensity of the game is determined by the players themselves. He stated, “At the end of the day, football belongs to the players. We’re playing in front of 70-80,000 people, and when it comes down to it, as soon as the game starts, they’ll rebel against the coaches and do what they want as soon as there’s the first foul, as soon as there’s the first game, they’ll start getting intense and they’ll start playing.”

The Arsenal manager’s response highlights his belief in allowing players to express themselves on the field and take ownership of their performance. He understands that once the game begins, it is up to the players to dictate its intensity and level of competitiveness.

Xavi had also mentioned his conversation with Arteta after the match, acknowledging that Arsenal’s intensity made it feel like a Champions League game. He admitted that while it was surprising for a friendly match, he understood that every team wants to win.

The match itself was held at SoFi Stadium in LA and witnessed an exciting display of football. Barcelona took an early lead through Robert Lewandowski before Bukayo Saka equalized for Arsenal. Saka then missed a penalty before Raphinha’s deflected free-kick put Barcelona back in front.

However, Arsenal fought back strongly with goals from Kai Havertz and Leandro Trossard to take a deserved lead into halftime. Trossard added another goal from Kieran Tierney’s cross before Ferran Torres briefly brought Barcelona back into contention. Fabio Vieira sealed Arsenal’s victory with a stunning late goal, securing a 5-3 win for the Gunners.

The result was undoubtedly impressive for Arsenal, especially against a team of Barcelona’s caliber. It showcased the team’s determination and ability to compete at a high level, even in a friendly match. The victory will undoubtedly boost morale within the squad as they prepare for the upcoming season.

In conclusion, Mikel Arteta’s response to Xavi’s comment reflects his belief in allowing players to dictate the intensity of the game. Arsenal’s victory over Barcelona in the pre-season friendly demonstrated their ability to compete at a high level and showcased their determination to win. The result will undoubtedly provide a confidence boost for the Gunners as they look ahead to the upcoming season.

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