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'Fans and players must stick together'

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Mikel Arteta has called for everyone associated with Arsenal to pull together ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie - from the players to the fans.

A difficult week for the Club that began in the aftermath of a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool would end on a high if the Gunners beat the same opponents at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's critics have questioned the team's capacity to turn a promising campaign into silverware but Arteta is adamant that the Gunners can stay on the right track - if they show solidarity.

"I think we can't afford to have any breaks between the squad, manager, directors and the supporters"

"Some people have been waiting for us to crash and when you crash obviously you're going to get headlines on that, but we know where we are," he told Arsenal Player.

"I think we've worked really hard up until now to stay in the position we are in and to be all in all competitions. We want to maintain that and again on Sunday we've got a great opportunity to go through in the cup and into the next round.

"I think we can't afford to have any breaks between the squad, manager, directors and the supporters. I think the fans have been terrific through the year, I think they've been really helpful and players really appreciate that.

"[If] we can keep that atmosphere at the Emirates it's going to be crucial, in my opinion, because we are really strong at home.

"We have a great chance to win something this year so we need to stick together, accept that sometimes things are not going to go well over a period of 45 or 50 games and just value that the team is trying very hard and doing the best we can."

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