'Team spirit is best I've ever known'

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s team spirit is the "best I have ever experienced”.

The club captain will be kicking off his 12th Premier League campaign on Sunday when the Gunners take on West Ham United at Emirates Stadium.

Arteta is confident it will be a big season for the club and says the unity within the group could prove vital in the fight for honours.

"There is no question that this squad has the best team spirit and unity I have ever experienced in my career and we cannot wait to get going," he said in his captain’s notes for the official match day programme.

"When you win trophies, it creates something special between the players, staff and fans that you cannot get with anything else. When you start to build that momentum, it’s great and we have to maintain it now.

"For me the most important thing is the energy that I sense around the club. When a club gets into that state, it’s ready to succeed and that’s what we’re trying to do."

You can read more from the captain in Sunday's matchday programme.

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