Arsenal aim to finish above Tottenham, says Arteta

Arsenal's Willian celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the Premier League m

Arsenal's Willian celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. - Credit: PA

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists they still have a huge responsibility to win every match left this season – despite their hopes of bagging a place in Europe looking slim. 

The Gunners make the trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday as they look to finish the campaign strongly. 

They were also due to face in-form Chelsea last night (Wednesday) on the back of a 3-1 victory over West Brom on the weekend. 

“No, we have a huge responsibility to win every game we play when we represent this football club,” Arteta insisted. 

“As well, if anybody can question anything, our level, our ability, whatever it is, they can. But our attitude, that's a non-negotiable one and right up to the end, we have to try to win our matches and see what happens.” 


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The boss knows how important it is to the club’s supporters to finish above north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. 

“That's another motivation and we know that it's very important as well, but we can only control our results and at the moment we cannot control theirs. What we have to do is win our matches.” 

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There is plenty of talk surrounding the new European Conference League and Arteta was asked if qualifying for the new competition would make it a successful season. 

But he was keen to reiterate success is trying to win every competition they have to play for during the season. 

“Success, achievement and progress... to the outside is only related to our results.  

West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson (left) and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka battle for the ball during t

West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson (left) and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. - Credit: PA

“Obviously with the results that have to be related to this football club, it's to win the Premier League, it's to win the Europa League, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.  

“We haven't done any of that. But we have done many different things. If you ask me where we are today compared to a year ago, we are miles away in 90 per cent of the things, including performances.  

“But, results-wise, we won the FA Cup and this year we didn't.” 

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