Mikel Arteta reveals why Arsenal will finish top 4 and make Champions League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that his team will finish top 4 and make Champions League this season.

Speaking to the media after the 4–2 win against Chelsea, Mikel Arteta said: “What I love is the spirit of these players. When you lose matches you get punished and criticised but these players are growing.

“For us to win a London derby away the way we did, I’m really happy. I said to the players, if you want to play Champions League football you have to come to places like this and win. We wanted to give the fans something to believe in.”

Arsenal are still fifth in the Premier League table, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham (57 points from 32 games.)

It looks like the fate of the top four will be decided when the two sides meet in the North London derby away at Spurs on May 12.

Arsenal’s final six Premier League fixtures compared to Tottenham, Man United and West Ham

We are into the final stretch of what has been an extremely exciting Premier League campaign.

Arsenal recorded a famous 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Hale End academy graduates Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe scored four goals between them, with the former bagging a brace, including a second-half winner to bring the Gunners level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. There are now six games left of the 2021/22 Premier League season, with Manchester United next up for Mikel Arteta and Co.

So with that in mind, football.london compares the north Londoners’ next six fixtures to those of Spurs, United and West Ham – who are all competing for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United (H) – Saturday, April 23

Next up for the Gunners is United, who are coming off the back of a hugely one-sided 4-0 loss to fierce rivals Liverpool on Tuesday night. The Red Devils recorded a 3-2 victory against Arteta’s men earlier this season thanks to goals from Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

West Ham (A) – Sunday, May 1

A trip to the London Stadium comes at potentially the perfect time for Arsenal as it comes right in between the first and second leg of West Ham’s Europa League semi-finals against Frankfurt. The Gunners were able to beat the Hammers 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium back in December.

Leeds (H) – Sunday, May 8

The north Londoners’ penultimate home game comes against Leeds United, who are in solid form – winning three of their last four Premier League outings. Jesse Marsch and Co will be looking to avenge the 3-1 win Arsenal were able to record at Elland Road over the festive period.

Tottenham (A) – Thursday, May 12

The North London Derby has finally been rescheduled and it is due to take place on a Thursday night in N17. It will be Antonio Conte’s first game in charge against Arsenal as Spurs manager.

Mikel Arteta’s men delivered a dominant display back in September, winning 3-1 at the Emirates.

Newcastle United (A) – Monday, May 16

Arsenal’s last away match of the season will take place at St. James’ Park against Newcastle United- a team they have beaten eight times in a row across all competitions. The Magpies will likely be mathematically safe, something that could bode well for Arteta’s team.

Everton (H) – Sunday, May 22

It could very well all come down to the final game for both Arsenal and Everton. The Toffees are currently in a relegation scrap and find themselves just four points above 18th placed Burnley at this moment in time.

Still, Everton have won their last three matches against the Gunners, a record that the north Londoners will be desperate to put to an end in four weeks.

Tottenham’s final six Premier League fixtures

  • Brentford (A) – April 23
  • Leicester (H) – May 1
  • Liverpool (A) – May 7
  • Arsenal (H) – May 12
  • Burnley (H) – May 15
  • Norwich (A) – May 22

Manchester United’s final five Premier League fixtures

  • Arsenal (A) – April 23
  • Chelsea (H) – April 28
  • Brentford (H) – May 2
  • Brighton (A) – May 7
  • Crystal Palace (A) – May 22

West Ham’s final five Premier League fixtures

  • Chelsea (A) – April 24
  • Arsenal (H) – May 1
  • Norwich (A) – May 8
  • Manchester City (H) – May 15
  • Brighton (A) – May 22

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