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Arsenal’s Arteta Praises Chelsea’s Form, Gears Up for Intense London Derby Clash


Mikel Arteta acknowledges Chelsea’s strong performance and suggests they deserve a higher position in the Premier League table as he prepares his title-chasing Arsenal squad for a challenging London derby on Tuesday. 

Arsenal reclaimed the top spot in the league after defeating Wolves 2-0 over the weekend, surpassing defending champions Manchester City.

Currently tied with second-placed Liverpool on 74 points, Arsenal holds the advantage with a superior goal difference.

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Manchester City trails by one point with a game in hand. Despite Chelsea’s loss to City in the FA Cup semi-final, Arteta acknowledges their unbeaten run of eight league games, including four wins.

He emphasizes the importance of Arsenal’s victory against Wolves following last week’s league defeat to Aston Villa and their Champions League elimination by Bayern Munich.

“We are in a great position in the Premier League,” the Spaniard told reporters on Monday.

“We’ve been like this for nine months, nine-and-a-half months, and we want really to give it a real go and be really determined to do what is in our hands to try to lift that trophy and tomorrow we are going to have a very tough opponent in front of us.”

Pochettino, addressing reporters at his press conference, mentioned that a decision on the fitness of top-scorer Cole Palmer would be made late, as Palmer had missed training due to illness.

However, the Argentine expressed confidence in his team’s ability to secure victory, whether or not their talismanic player is available.

“The most important thing is the team and the collective,” he said. “He is an important part of the team and is doing fantastic for us, but we are Chelsea and we have plenty of players that can perform and do the job.”

Arteta acknowledged that Chelsea, currently in ninth place, would pose a significant challenge as opponents, regardless of Palmer’s fitness. He praised the team and their “incredible manager” Pochettino, recognizing the potential threat they bring to the upcoming match.

“Whoever they put out there, when you look at the squad they have, the quality they have, it’s great,” he said.

“I think they are doing very, very well. I think they’re doing much better than people are talking.”

Arteta added: “They deserve to be in a much higher position in the league when you look at what they’ve done and what they’ve produced in games.

“They have reached a final (League Cup), they have reached a semi-final (FA Cup), they could have been through. I think what Mauricio is doing is really impressive and I’m sure he’s going to get them there.”

Arteta noted that despite a demanding season, his players are brimming with energy as the club pursues their first Premier League title in 20 years.

“When I saw them this morning I had to stop them because winning is a big boost of energy and after their performance against Wolves, winning and having to play a London derby tomorrow, everybody is ready for it.

“Something else is the amount and the volume of those games. It’s not the moment for us to look at that, we have to think in a positive way and feel and think that we are fresh to perform in the best possible way.”

Arteta was also questioned about his team’s impressive record against other members of the so-called “Big Six” this season, highlighting that they have not suffered a single defeat against any of these top teams.

“Whether it’s psychology, whether it’s performance, whether it’s getting better as a team, obviously the more you win against big teams the more belief you have that you can do it consistently,” he said.


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