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Mikel Arteta makes title promise to Arsenal fans after Spurs win

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made a promise to the fans on what they should expect from his players in the remaining three matches

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made a promise to the fans on what they should expect from his players in the remaining three matches to win the Premier League title.

The Gunners were in full swing in the first half on Sunday against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby, but showed grit after a turbulent second half to earn the bragging right and return to Islington with three points.

Three first half goals orchestrated by Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz gave the gunners a foothold in the game, but mistake from David Raya in the second half allowed Tottenham to regain some momentum with a goal, before Son Heung-Min scored from the spot after a penalty was award against Declan Rice.

In the face of pressure coming from Manchester City in the title race, Arteta has promised that his team is determined to go all the way in the race.

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Reflecting on the mistakes of last season, where Arsenal squandered an eight-point lead to finish behind Manchester City, Arteta emphasised the progress made this term. He credited the team’s ability to handle crucial moments better, citing missed opportunities and late concessions as lessons learned.

“They’re going to have a real go,” Arteta said. “We have proved we can handle this stage of the season better than last year.”

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He added: “The margins are so small. I was praying at the end . There were so many Spurs players in the box. It was a really emotional game.” Arteta added: “One hundred per cent the players are going to fight until the very end.

“I’ve seen that the whole season. They give me the reason to believe that every single day. We are right on it. The motivation for what is ahead is beautiful. We are all expecting that they’re going to have a real go. Emotionally it’s been a very demanding month, but yesterday I had to stop them in training because they wanted more. That’s a good sign.”

Bukayo Saka, who scored the decisive goal in the derby, echoed Arteta’s sentiments, noting the team’s growth in experience and resilience compared to the previous season. His historic achievement of becoming the first English player since Ian Wright in 1993-94 to score home and away against Spurs in a Premier League season further underscored Arsenal’s dominance in the derby.

Maybe last season that could have ended in a draw and we showed we have the experience. Of course it is really nice and I hope I can continue breaking records like this,” he said.

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