Gunners may be in chase for third

Mikel Arteta hasn’t ruled out finishing even further up the Premier League table

Thursday, 5th May — By Steve Barnett

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WITH the race for Champions League football set to go down to the wire, all eyes will be fixed on the biggest north London derby in recent history next Thursday.

First up, however, Arsenal must find a way to overcome a Leeds United side desperately battling to beat the drop on Sunday.

The Gunners will take to the Emirates pitch hoping quadruple-chasing Liverpool have done what they do best by winning at Anfield against Tottenham the night before.

But could the right result at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, where Chelsea are entertaining Wolves, also give the Arsenal players a little extra motivation?

While all the talk is centred on which north London club will take fourth spot, Mikel Arteta hasn’t ruled out finishing even further up the Premier League table.

Quizzed on whether his side can overhaul the Blues, the Arsenal boss said: “Well, mathematically everything is open, so we’re going to have to win against Leeds.

“Everybody is going to put pressure on us because everybody wants to play in the position that we are in right now.

“We have to handle that because we have a great opportunity. That willingness and motivation that we have is driving us to continue to do something.”

Asked if he has tried to stop his players from keeping tabs on Tottenham’s results, Arteta added: “I think I would be wasting my time, because you know the players, the staff, everybody is with their phones and they all know.

“So we all knew the result beforehand [on Sunday], and I don’t think that’s going to change still until the last day of the season.”

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