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Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal have the “responsibility” to deliver European football for next season.

The Gunners will travel to basement club Sheffield United on Sunday to try to climb into the Premier League from their middle position.

Arsenal are also stuck at 1-1 halfway through their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague, leaving their European ambitions for next season in abeyance.

When asked if he feels any personal pressure to lead Arsenal in European competition next season, Arteta replied: “It’s not pressure – it’s our responsibility.

“The club that we represent have high demands and that is the minimum we can ask for and we have to, over time, work to achieve those goals because that is what is asked of us. “

When asked if there could be an advantage to a season outside of Europe in order to build a long term project, Arteta continued: “We go back to what we said when these teams were able to fail. not qualify for Europe, we are talking about similar things.

“It’s true that there are very good examples of teams rebuilding their teams and that helped them in their project, but I would prefer to be in Europe. “


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When asked where not qualifying for Europe would leave Arsenal, Arteta added: “It’s too many ifs. What if we qualify for Europe and win the Europa League? I prefer to think like that. “

Arteta expects Partey to end season ‘strong’

Midfielder Thomas Partey is finally approaching his sharpness after long-term injury issues.

Arteta now believes the 27-year-old is ready to hit top form – this season, not next.

Thomas Partey has recovered from a thigh injury he sustained in Arsenal's loss in the North London derby to Tottenham
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Thomas Partey has suffered an injury this season

“I hope next Sunday and Thursday you can see the best version of Thomas,” Arteta said.

“Now he’s got a two or three game streak, outside of the international break I think you’ll see he will end the season really solid.

“It is very difficult to make a real assessment because he missed six months. It’s long.

“He always adapts to our way of playing which is different from what he did at Atletico Madrid.

“He had big sparks and we can all see what he can bring to the team.

“Now it’s about finding the level of consistency we need from him and building a team that can play around him because he has that ability. “

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