Press conference

'Togetherness is the cement we build on'

As we emerge from the final international break of the season, Mikel Arteta's men have ten games remaining as they go hunting Champions League qualification.

The boss spoke to the media ahead of Monday's fixture at Crystal Palace, and again underlined how important the togetherness of the squad will be for the season run in.


"For me it's crucial because it's the platform and the cement that you can build on," the manager said.


"Then obviously you need the players, you need the quality, the understanding. You need the club and the supporters to be on board with what you are doing, to support it, encourage it. This is what we try to do."


We are currently three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, but with a game in hand on our north London rivals, and Arteta has challenged his side to refocus as the season reaches its climax.


"I will have them all in today, just try to refocus them, obviously. When they're on international duty all the time they're being asked to do different things, different roles, different kind of pressures.


"For some of them, it was their first international, so emotionally for them as well it's very draining. We'll make sure that everyone is fine and looking forward to the challenge that we have ahead."


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