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Arteta: We’re up to the challenge

Arsenal boss looks ahead to Turf Moor trip

17 September, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

HAVING survived a fair few “bumps in the road” Mikel Arteta insists he still sees “bright lights” in Arsenal’s future.

The Gunners finally got their season up and running with a 1-0 victory over Norwich City last time out at the Emirates Stadium.

Now comes an even bigger test as the north Londoners travel to Turf Moor tomorrow (Saturday) to face a Burnley side still searching for their first Premier League win of the campaign.

Arteta (pictured) is confident that his charges can build on the win over Norwich, and are ready for the “big challenge” that awaits.

“Winning always helps. The boys were happy because we experienced the reaction of the fans towards the team on Saturday and winning the first match and getting out of the blocks in the Premier League was a big part of our next moment, so very happy,” said the Gunners’ boss.

“Now we have to put a run together. We know how much we need the results and the performances will lead to that.

“If we do what we have to do against Burnley, we’ll be much closer to achieving that.

“We’ve had a good week to prepare for the game. We know what we are facing. The challenge is going to be big, because it’s one of the toughest places to go in the Premier League. We are ready for it.”

The mood around the Emirates has lifted, albeit ever so slightly. It’s certainly better than it was just a week ago when Arsenal were propping up the Premier League having suffered three defeats from three – and all without scoring a single goal.

“I can really see the light,” added Arteta. “I’m telling you I’m very positive most of the time. I’ve seen the light and I can see bright lights. There can be bumps in the road within that light, but I can see a lot of light.”

Quizzed on whether he will stick to the same team that beat Norwich, Arteta added: “Let’s see. Everybody trained well and tomorrow there is another session, so let’s see what is best for Burnley.”

Meanwhile, Arteta also admitted it’s been a hard week watching European matches without Arsenal being involved – the first time that has happened for 25 years.

He said: “It hurts a lot. In the last few days, it’s hurt to put the TV on and see those teams and not seeing Arsenal there. It was painful.

“I don’t want to be sitting there with Arsenal being out of those competitions. We have the focus and the trigger is there.”

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