Mikel Arteta has claimed Tottenham have been given an unfair advantage ahead of the North London derby.
UEFA have reversed Tottenham ’s Europa League ties with Dinamo Zagreb because their North London neighbours were drawn at home on the same night.
It means that Tottenham will be at home next Thursday, three days ahead of the North London derby while Arsenal face a gruelling trip to Athens to play Olympiacos.
The decision has baffled and angered Arsenal supporters because fans are not allowed into stadiums anyway but UEFA insisted it was a safety issue and Arteta says Arsenal must use the sense of injustice to fire themselves up.
Gunners boss Arteta said: “Unfortunately it’s not going to change. We can raise our voices and we should do that because we want to have two teams playing in equal conditions.
“But the decision has been made and that’s it. I don’t want to use one bit of excuse going towards that game saying ‘oh, they have an advantage’. So no, probably I will use that to take it in our advantage. And that’s it.”
Arteta has also said that Arsenal plan to discuss a new deal with Alexandre Lacazette with the Gunners striker a target for Monaco this summer with his current deal running down towards the final year.
“He’s got a contract with us. He played really well the other week. It’s exactly what we demand him to do. I’m really happy with him and the discussions about his contract will happen soon and we will see what happens,” said Arteta.
Meanwhile, Arteta has admitted he has been flattered by links to the Barcelona job amid forthcoming elections at the Nou Camp – but insists he is enjoying his time at Arsenal.
Arteta added: “There is always going to speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. It’s a huge team. Obviously I was raised there as a player and they’re always going to be linked. I’m fully focused on the job that I have to do here, and we have a lot to do. I’m really enjoying it.
“Today and tomorrow, I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club, and I’m really enjoying it. I want to do much better than what we’ve done.”