Mikel Arteta challenges his Arsenal side to carry ‘the spirit’ of their superb Europa League form to the Premier League and says the Gunners have shown they can play under pressure ahead of Fulham’s clash.
- Mikel Arteta believes his players have proven they can deliver under pressure
- Arsenal produced their best display of the season to beat Slavia 4-0 on Thursday
- The win kept their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
- The manager challenged them to win their next two Premier League games
Mikel Arteta believe his Arsenal players have proven they can deliver under pressure.
Now the Spaniard has challenged them to back their Europa League victory at Slavia Prague with wins in their next two Premier League games to transform their qualifying prospects.
Arsenal produced their best performance of the season to beat Slavia 4-0 on Thursday to secure an overall 5-1 victory that earned them a place in the Europa League semi-finals.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes his players have proven they can deliver under pressure
The victory kept alive their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season – by winning second tier European competition.
Arteta said: “This performance was a big indicator that under pressure the team can perform, that they have that spirit and that desire to do well and show real character.
“I really liked the state of mind of the players. From the final whistle (in the first leg) to the Emirates with a disappointing result conceding so late on a free kick, the players were convinced that we were going to pass and that was really helpful in the preparations to get what we did.
Arsenal’s brilliant performance in the Czech capital was the kind of display that would have made regular watchers wonder why they couldn’t play like this all the time.
Arsenal produced their best display of the season to beat Slavia 4-0 on Thursday night
As a result, the manager challenged them to win their next two Premier League games.
Arteta called on his side to at least tie the winning result ahead of Fulham and Everton’s visit to the Emirates.
Arteta, whose side are ninth in the Premier League table, said: “Now it’s about winning football matches.
“At the end of the season you know you want to have a good race if you want to progress in the Premier League.
“The priority is now Sunday, forget the semi-final. We have two big games to play at home and we have to do our best to win them because if we do, the season will start to be a little different.