Premier League Arteta Unfazed About Players Busy Schedule Ahead Of Spur Game

With the crucial north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday approaching, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is unconcerned about his players’ busy itinerary.

If Arsenal defeats Tottenham, the Premier League leaders will have a four-point advantage over champions Manchester City, albeit City still has two games remaining after their match against Nottingham Forest later on Sunday.

Placed fifth A two-leg Champions League quarterfinal matchup against Bayern Munich and league games against Wolves and Chelsea are among the four games Arsenal has played in the past two weeks, whereas Tottenham has not played at all.

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“I love the fact that we played four games. We had some great experiences,” said Arteta whose side will have three more games left after the Tottenham clash.

“It’s been a really demanding week. We had some great results in the last two.

That’s boosted the confidence of everybody. We’re in a good place.

“We will do what we can to prepare to be better on Sunday.”

Although Arsenal are top as they chase a first title for 20 years, Manchester City are regarded as statistical favourites to win a fourth successive crown.

I don’t know what to say. Maybe we can tweak the computer to make it a bit higher,” he told reporters.

“Maybe it needs to update the software, we can help it to update the software and give it more tools. Hopefully, we can change that.”

Arsenal, who drew 2-2 with Tottenham at home, have a virtually fully fit squad for the climax to the season with defender Jurrien Timber close to a return.

Timber, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in August, played half a game for Arsenal’s Under-21 side on Monday.

We’re going to have to make that decision (about Timber) tomorrow after a training session,” Arteta told reporters on Friday.

“I don’t know if this is going to come to soon for him, but he’s very close.”

Arteta said having so many players available for selection was a good headache.

You feel for the players, because I see how much they want it and how much everyone wants to start and contribute to the team,” he said.

“They are fully ready to come on the pitch… the spirit is so good.”

With City looking relentless, Arteta said all Arsenal can do is win their games.

There is one thing to do in this situation. Compete, compete, compete,” Arteta said.

“It’s a really good sign because we know what we are going to have to do to win it and we have to raise the bar every day in training.


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