Mikel Arteta's pre-Lens press conference to be undertaken in France has been cancelled due to a flight delay involving the Arsenal squad. The Gunners boss was due to speak to reporters at Stade Bollaert-Delelis at 6pm UK time but a storm in the surrounding area of Luton airport caused the scheduled flight to be pushed back.
The Gunners were due to take off at 4:15pm UK time but have been waiting in the airport terminal for nearly four hours due to stormy conditions in near Luton Airport.
The north London outfit had trained earlier in the day at 11am at London Colney. They then arrived at the terminal in Luton at 3:30pm with the aim of taking off at 4:15pm. Mikel Arteta had been due to speak to the press at 7pm French time alongside William Saliba. However, the press conference had to be cancelled forcing the Spaniard and his centre back to conduct his pre-match press duties by phone.
Saliba admitted that the delay had been difficult. «Yes,» he said hen asked about the confusion surrounding the delayed take off. «I don’t know, maybe because it is raining in France or England so we couldn’t fly and we are still in London.
»Yeah of course," he went to add when asked if he was confident that Arsenal could still perform to a high level tomorrow. «We have to arrive first but tomorrow is another day and we will give our best against Lens.»
As the cancellation of the press conference was out of Arsenal's hands, they will not receive a warning from UEFA. It is also the Gunners first offence so they are expected to just be given a warning by the authorities.
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