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Arteta on... fans returning to Emirates Stadium

Sunday's game against Brighton will be an emotional one, with 10,000 supporters in attendance at Emirates Stadium for the first time in the Premier League season.

So what is Mikel Arteta expecting from them - and what are his hopes, as we look to finish as high as possible, potentially claiming a European place next term.

"The [fans] haven’t been at the stadium for a long time, we haven’t managed to be together so hopefully it will be a positive atmosphere to support the team and the team trying to give them some joy and win the game," he said.

"Anything that is in our hands to make them happy and to help us to be in a better place today, it’s all positive.

"[The Europa Conference League] is a new competition so I don't really know what will happen. First of all, let's try to finish as high as possible and then after we will determine, once we are involved, what the best way is to do it.

"We have experienced in the last few years how tough being in the Europa League is with the amount of games you play and the short turnaround that you have all the time in the Premier League.

"I think there is a lot of history there with teams that have been involved in the Europa League, and the negative consequences that has in the Premier League positions. But we've tried to give it the best possible go, we came a little bit short, but this club has to be in Europe."

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