Times of Malta

Arteta says Arsenal may need perfect run-in to win league


Mikel Arteta said yesterday that Arsenal may have to win all of their nine remaining Premier League games if they are to be crowned champions as he prepares for the “most beautiful part of the season”.

The second-placed Gunners are two points behind leaders Liverpool ahead of a busy April schedule following Sunday’s gritty goalless draw at title rivals Manchester City.

Arteta, who is also preparing Arsenal for a Champions League quarter-final against

Bayern Munich, urged his side to embrace the challenge, starting with today’s game at home to relegation-threatened Luton.

“It’s going to have to be really close to that,” he told a prematch press conference when asked if Arsenal need a 100 percent record from now on to finish top of the table.

“When you see the level and the consistenc­y of the other teams and historical­ly what is needed to win in this league, it’s not going to be very far from that.”

The Spaniard added: “This is where we want to be and now we want to take this opportunit­y and make it happen.

“We worked every single day with that enthusiasm and passion to make it happen and enjoying the moment as well.

“I see the team really flowing and they are really excited about playing each game and that has to drive this energy until the end.

“I am full of energy and it’s the most beautiful part of the season.”

Arsenal’s fixture against Luton is the first of eight matches this month.

Although they will be huge favourites to beat Luton, they needed an injury-time winner to leave Kenilworth Road with a dramatic 4-3 victory in December.

Asked about his memories of that game, Arteta said: “Especially how tough it was to win there, how difficult they have made it for every team...They deserve more credit than any other team in this league, and it’s going to be a really tough match.”

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