Premier League will witness more top-four race ‘twists’ – Arteta


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that there would be more ‘twists’ in the Premier League contest for the top four slots, The Straits Times reports.

The Gunners are seeking a place in next year’s Champions League with an impressive performance this season.

They will be meeting Southampton tomorrow in an encounter that will be highly decisive.

After losing three out of four past matches, Arsenal needs to take tomorrow’s game seriously.

Besides, Southampton managed a draw in their last five games. Their 6-0 defeat to Chelsea last week is still fresh in the memory.

Two Hurting Teams

According to Arteta, the two teams would probably feel the backlash of recent whippings.

“I think you are going to see two teams that are hurting.

“We are hurting because of the last two games and we want to perform and win.

“And I am sure after the home defeat that they had they want to do the same.”

Traditional Ambition

Arsenal presently sits in the fifth spot on the table with 54 points below Tottenham which boasts 57 points.

However, Tottenham has played one match more than the Gunners this season.

Tomorrow’s game will be the 31st for Arteta’s side, and they will be left with seven games thereafter.

Also, the last time Arsenal qualified for the Champions League was in the 2015-16 season when they came second.

Arteta believed that his team is ambitious because of tradition and not because of competing with Tottenham for a top-four ticket.

“I think it’s related to our history, we want to not be fourth but third, second, or first.

“And that’s what we have to do and that’s always within every supporter and anyone who has any connection with the club.

“So the moment that you see the team doing better and having better aspirations.

“Your tendency is to get excited about it and I think that’s the right reaction.”

Season’s Remaining Games

When asked about the remaining games for the season, Arteta said;

“There’s going to be some twists still for sure and the pressure.

“And situation is going to keep changing between now and the end of the season.

“We have to be focused on us and what we have to do.”

Premier League games resume across England tomorrow.

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