Mikel Arteta hails ‘phenomenal’ Arsenal players as he calls for Chelsea win to revive bid for top-four spot


Ikel Arteta has urged his Arsenal side to use their 4-2 win over Chelsea as a platform to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Gunners arrived at Stamford Bridge having lost their last three matches but regained form with a huge win, led by Eddie Nketiah’s brace as he scored his first Premier League goals of the season.

With six matches to play, including a North London derby in the penultimate week of the campaign, he leaves Arsenal level on points with Tottenham.

Arteta’s side welcome Manchester United to the Emirates this weekend before traveling to face West Ham, and the Gunners boss wants his players to gain confidence from their display against Chelsea.

“What I love is the spirit of these players,” Arteta said.

“When you lose games, you get hit. You get criticized but for these players I don’t care, it’s so worth it.

“They are phenomenal people, as a group they are really growing. For our people I know with all the expectations they have it’s really disappointing for them so for us to win a London derby away from home like we did I’m really happy for them .

“I think it will help you because it gives you confidence and the belief that you can make it on the biggest stage, away from home against the best teams in this league. With a bit of luck [the players] can believe more in themselves.

Nketiah put Arsenal on with the first goal and then made it 3-2 in the second half, showing his natural instincts in front of goal every time.

He enjoyed a rare start, as did Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding who entered the starting line-up, and Arteta hailed the trio for the impact they had on the team.

“What I say about Eddie all the time – when you watch him in training, how he carries himself and how humble and hungry he is, good things happen,” Arteta said.

“Good things happen to good people, like Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding.

“When you see the training session they did on Sunday after our loss to Southampton, that’s why we won the game tonight in my opinion.”

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