Mikel Arteta attempts Cristiano Ronaldo's 'Siu' celebration after nutmegging Martin Odegaard in training
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tried his best to recreate Cristiano Ronaldo's now-iconic 'Siu' celebration after he nutmegged Martin Odegaard in training.
The Spaniard joined his players in a rondo training drill on Tuesday ahead of Arsenal's Champions League clash against Ligue 1 side Lens.
And the former Rangers and Everton midfielder rolled back the years with a wonderful piece of skill.
The 41-year-old then celebrated his efforts by delivering a far-from-perfect 'Siu' celebration as Odegaard looked on, slightly embarrassed by the unfolding events.
After the training session, Arteta spoke in a pre-match press conference as his side prepare to face Lens, who currently sit third in Group B.
He brought up a number of topics, including a worrying injury update on midfielder Fabio Vieira.
"Yeah we’ve got a problem with him," Arteta said. "He’s been having some discomfort. We tried to have some conservative treatment with him. It wasn’t improving so we sent him to see a specialist and the advice was to have an operation in his groin."
The Spaniard added: "We don’t expect him to do that (Vieira returning to action before January). Let’s see how he evolves. The job it was done yesterday so we’ll have to wait and see. It will take weeks I think."
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Arteta also touched on whether Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey could return before the January break.
"It is a possibility," he said. "Emile has already been on the pitch doing some jogging. He’s a quick healer. Thomas the same. We need them to be back at their best."
Arsenal currently sit top of their Champions League group with nine points from a possible 12.