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Mikel Arteta sends strong message to Arsenal fans ahead of West Ham clash

Mikel Arteta has a message for all Arsenal fans who will be at the Emirates Stadium against West Ham on Thursday

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Mikel Arteta has sent a message to Arsenal fans ahead of the Premier League visit of West on Thursday.

Arsenal will face the Hammers for the second time this season, having lost already to them in the Carabao Cup. 

With top spot temporarily gone following Liverpool’s win over Burnley on Tuesday, Arteta wants the fans to get the Emirates Stadium ‘rocking’.

Arteta at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Arteta said: “First of all, thank-you for everything that you’ve done throughout the year and the way you’ve supported and inspired the team,” he said on Wednesday afternoon.

“For tomorrow, please go to the stadium and get it rocking. Get behind the team, inspire them again and the team is going to try to do everything that we can.

“It’s going to be the last game of the year in front of you, so it’s a special moment, so let’s make it beautiful.”

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Arsenal secured a dramatic 1-0 victory in the closing moments of their match against Brentford last month, extending their unbeaten streak in London derbies to 17 matches. This remarkable run dates back to May 2022 when Arsenal suffered a defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

This achievement currently places Arsenal on the third-longest undefeated run in Premier League history when London clubs face off. If they manage to avoid defeat in the upcoming matches against the West Ham and fulham, Mikel Arteta’s team will be on the verge of equaling Chelsea’s 20-game streak, concluding in 2006.

Nevertheless, Arsenal still has a considerable distance to cover to match the longest-ever unbeaten run in London derbies in the competition. This record was established by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal between November 2001 and August 2005, an incredible stretch encompassing 35 games.

This nearly four-year accomplishment began after a surprising 4-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Highbury and continued throughout three entire seasons until the opening month of the 2005/06 campaign, when Arsenal experienced a 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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