Mikel Arteta fires Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea warning amid Arsenal’s race for top four place

The Gunners are firmly in the mix for a place in the Champions League come the end of the campaign and the Arsenal boss has had his say

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has said that he is “very confident” of Arsenal securing a place in the Premier League top four come the end of the season.

The Gunners are currently embroiled in a battle to earn a spot in the Champions League places – a feat that would signal the club’s first return to Europe’s elite competition since the 2016/17 season.

As it stands, Arsenal sit sixth in the current Premier League standings – two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with a game in-hand – and face a key match in the battle for European football next week with their clash against the in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With 17 games to go of the domestic campaign this term, Arteta has expressed his confidence of finishing in the Champions League positions – albeit admitting that his side still have plenty to learn and work on ahead of the end of the season.

Talking to Arsenal’s official website, he said: “We have the youngest squad in the league and that is not a coincidence, we planned to do something like that because we had to rebuild something as well that we believe in.

“We have a squad full of enthusiasm and passion, but with the right amount of quality and experience as well, which I think is very much needed.

“So we are really looking forward to [the run-in], we know what the aim is at the end of the season, where we want to be: it’s high but it’s possible and we’re going to have a real go in the second half of the season to achieve it.”

The fact that the north Londoners are even challenging for a place in the top-four is already a remarkable feat considering the poor start to the season the team endured at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta has reflected on the fact that his side has been able to bounce back in impressive fashion and has pushed the Gunners to continue that form between now and the end of the campaign.

The Spaniard continued: “I am very confident because I see how much they want it, and we still have a lot of things to improve.

“We have lost points that sometimes show the lack of maturity we have in the squad, but at the same time we won a lot of games because of the enthusiasm, the passion and the energy they bring to the team.

“So we have to keep maintaining that balance right and give them confidence. When those players feel supported and [know that] we are right behind them and they play with no fear, that is when they really fulfil their capacities and qualities.”


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