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Mikel Arteta details change hed make to football to ensure defensive teams “suffer” – Irish Mirror

April 21, 2020

Mikel Arteta says he’d like to see goals made bigger in order to encourage attacking football.

The Arsenal manager thinks that widening the goalposts – which currently stand at 7.32 metres long and 2.44 metres high – would ensure that attacking play is better rewarded, and cause a “massive discomfort” to sides who were only interested in defending.

The Gunners boss was speaking in a Q&A session on the Gunners’ Twitter account when he was asked what he’d like to see changed in football.

“I would make the goals bigger,” he replied.

“So for those teams that want to sit deep all the time, they will suffer, and then we’ll see more attacking football.

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“Nowadays I’m concerned that football is going a little bit more defensive and trying to avoid the opponent playing.

“That [goals being made bigger] will generate a massive discomfort in the teams that want to sit deep and defend the whole game.”

When it was put to Arteta that his goalkeeper Bernd Leno might not like that change, he said: “He won’t be happy but our job will be to have the ball as far as possible from him, so hopefully he’ll be fine!”

It was put to Arteta that his goalkeeper Bernd Leno might not like the move

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Arteta was the first major English football figure to record a positive coronavirus test last month, but having fully recovered he says he’s keeping busy during his time at home.

“I am reading a little bit,” he continued.

“I am a big fan of barbecue as well, so when we have time and the weather is as good as it’s been I like to cook a little barbecue outside. For me it is a relaxing time.

“Then I spend time with the kids as well, with our profession we don’t have much time to spend hours through the day with them and sometimes they require that, and I love to spend time with them as well.”

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