Press conference

'They've been the best in the last few months'


Mikel Arteta wants his side to play for the "pride in the shirt" when we head to Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Our faint hopes of securing Europa League football rest on other teams dropping points, but he says we must do our job on Wednesday night and beat a team he rates very highly.

"Probably they’ve been the best team in the league in the last few months, what Thomas [Tuchel] has been able to do since he arrived has been exceptional," Arteta said.

"He put the team in two finals, the way the team is looking, how solid they are defensively as well, how composed and regular they have been in their performance has been excellent.

"I think it is the pride in the shirt that we wear [that motivates us], and that we want to win.

"Winning is going to put us in a much better position in the table, which is going to make us… the chance to finish where is mathematically possible, but it doesn’t depend on us     at the moment."

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