Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes their 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will give the team the belief to push for a top-four finish. The Gunners bounced back after three consecutive defeats against Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Southampton to beat the European Champions, Arsenal will face tough tests against Manchester United and West Ham in the next two games as they push for a top-four finish.
“I think it will help because it gives you confidence and belief you can do it on the biggest stage, away from home against the top teams in this league. Hopefully, they can believe more in themselves,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “That’s the game that we had in hand. I said to them if you want to play Champions League football you have to come to places like this and win. Tonight we’ve done it and I’m really proud of them tonight, but I’m more proud of how they’ve reacted to every defeat over the past few weeks. Not only the players but as a staff and a club, and that’s what reinforces me and gives me a reminder of how lucky I am to be here.”
“What I love is the spirit of these players. When you lose matches, you get punished, you get criticized but for these players, I don’t care because it’s so worth it. They are phenomenal people and as a group, they are really growing. To win a London derby away from home and how we did it, I am really happy,” he added.
“I don’t think Tottenham will beat Brentford away, they’re flying,” former Arsenal player Paul Merson said. “I know Man United has been terrible but who doesn’t want to turn up at the Emirates and play football on that pitch?”