Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s impressive 4-2 victory over Chelsea will give his players confidence that they can complete their mission in the top four.
The Gunners bounced back in style from three consecutive defeats and ended their goal-shy form to level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham after 32 games each.
Arsenal face tough tests against Manchester United and West Ham in their next two games before a visit to Spurs next month, but Arteta reckons their win at Chelsea could play a big part in their important games for come.
“I think it will help because it gives you confidence and the belief that you can do it on the biggest stage, away from home against the best teams in this league,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “I wish they could believe in themselves more.
“That’s the game we had in hand. I told them that if you want to play the Champions League, you have to come to places like this and win. Tonight we did it and I’m very proud of them tonight, but I’m more proud of how They have reacted to every loss in recent weeks, not only as players but as a coaching staff and as a club, and that is what reinforces me and reminds me how lucky I am to be here.
“What I love is the spirit of these players. When you lose games, you get punished, you get criticized, but I don’t care about these players because they are so worth it. They are phenomenal people and as a group they are really growing.” To win a London derby away from home and how we did it, I’m very happy.”
Merson: Arsenal is an advantage
Arsenal and Tottenham are tied on 57 points with six games to play, including one between them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, live on sky sports.
Before that, the two played three times: Tottenham heads to Brentford after a 1-0 home loss to Brighton, while Arsenal hosts Manchester United.
“I don’t think Tottenham will beat Brentford, they are flying,” he said. sky sports the expert Paul Merson.
“I know Man United have been terrible, but who doesn’t want to show up at the Emirates and play football on that ground? They have no pressure, Man United, probably the first game they play as a club of their magnitude where nobody expects anything, nothing. it’s a dangerous game [for Arsenal].
We wanted to give the fans something to believe in us and we did. We show fight and character. It’s a great result.
“It’s about timing at the moment – West Ham away is a tough game but it’s in the middle of Frankfurt. Will they rest all the players? I think it’s an advantage for Arsenal.”
sky sports Jamie Redknapp believes Chelsea’s win can be pivotal for Arsenal’s attack after their recent failures in front of goal.
“The fact that they have scored four goals now, they have to go to West Ham, Spurs, that will give them a lot of confidence in that dressing room,” he said.
“When you go away and score goals and create chances, it’s very important for your confidence. I like what I saw from Arsenal. They’ve shown a bit of character. Saka, Nketiah and Smith Rowe have that meanness on the way.” they play.
“It’s a great result, it opens it wide again. I think if they had lost today it would have been too much for Arsenal to recover from four defeats in a row. They are back in this race.”
“Burnley and Norwich are Spurs’ last two games, you’d take it if you had to win those two.”
Hasselbaink: Spurs know how to win
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the top four race will go Tottenham’s way despite Arsenal returning to normal at Stamford Bridge.
“Before the game I was more with Spurs because of their firepower and because it was difficult for Arsenal to score,” he said in sky sports.
“I’m still with Spurs. The North London derby is going to be a great game, but I think Spurs have [Harry] Kane and [Antonio] Conte, and knowing how to win games.”
Merson added: “Tottenham have more experience. We’ve seen with Arsenal it’s consistency. They were flying and then they lose three games in a row against three average teams. Then all of a sudden they come to Chelsea and score four and that’s what you get. when you have a young team.
April 23rd – Manchester United (h)
May 1 – West Ham (a)live on Sky Sports
May 8 – Madrid (hours)live on Sky Sports
May 12 – Tottenhamlive on Sky Sports
May 16 – New Castle (one)live on Sky Sports
May 22nd – Everton (h)
April 23rd – Brentford (a), live on Sky Sports
April 30th – leicester
May 7 – Liverpool (a)
May 12 – Arsenal (hrs), live on Sky Sports
15 th of May – Burnley (h)
May 22nd – norwich