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Mikel Arteta challenges Arsenal players to make history in April

Mikel Arteta has presented a challenge to Arsenal players to establish their own legacy, regardless of their participation in these matches

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Mikel Arteta has issued a challenge to Arsenal players to carve out their place in history, irrespective of their involvement in these fixtures. The Gunners have a daunting schedule of eight matches slated for April, including Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal are competing for the Premier League title and the Champions League, the next four weeks loom large in determining the Gunners’ fate in their quest for silverware this season. The sheer volume of games necessitates Arteta to rotate his squad effectively to manage the workload.

Drawing upon Reiss Nelson’s memorable last-minute goal against Bournemouth in the previous campaign, Arteta has called upon those players who may not currently be first-choice starters to grasp their opportunities during these crucial eight fixtures.

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“It’s our obligation and duty to be prepared to play any minute, in any moment,” Arteta emphasised. “You see a lot of moments. When you look at Reiss’ moments for Arsenal, there are moments when he’s played a few minutes and made a huge impact, and it’s one of the best days of his life as an Arsenal player. Nobody remembers if he started or came off the bench.”

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He continued, “A lot of examples are like this in both football and the history of the sport when a lot of players make their impact. Sometimes you just need a second to change the history of a football club.”

“They really need to feel it, and the best way to feel it is to play minutes. When they don’t have the capacity to show what they can do, they have to show it in training. We have to be close to them and we have to convince them to keep doing it and earn the right to play.”

The journey begins with Wednesday night’s clash against Luton Town, a fixture laden with significance after Arsenal clinched a dramatic injury-time victory at Kenilworth Road in December following a 4-3 thriller.

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