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William Saliba makes huge demands to Arsenal teammates ahead of important week

Arsenal defender William Saliba has emphasised the critical importance of securing victories against London rivals

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Arsenal defender William Saliba has underscored the imperative nature of victories against London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham this week to fortify their chances of challenging Manchester City for the top spot.

Following a controlled 2-0 win over Wolves, Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table ahead of the two London derbies this week. With the potential to widen their lead over third-placed City to four points, the Gunners are acutely aware of the looming threat posed by City’s two games in hand.

Saliba voiced the team’s conviction, stressing the necessity of clinching wins in all five remaining fixtures to sustain their title aspirations. The upcoming North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday adds another layer of significance to what could be a defining week in the championship pursuit.

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“Inaction is tantamount to conceding the title,” remarked Saliba. “We recognise the gravity of the situation. To harbor any hopes of lifting the Premier League trophy, we must emerge victorious in our upcoming fixtures and hope for favorable outcomes elsewhere.”

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Arsenal’s season had teetered on the brink of collapse following a disheartening defeat to Aston Villa and the Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich. However, their resurgence against Wolves, fueled by goals from Leandro Trossard and Martin Odegaard, has reignited their title ambitions.

Reflecting on the significance of the victory, Saliba commented, “It’s arduous to rebound after setbacks, but we understood the magnitude of this encounter. Securing a win and a clean sheet underscores our resilience.”

Navigating through a grueling fixture schedule, which will see them play their sixth game in 21 days against Chelsea, Arsenal is grappling with fatigue. Yet, Saliba emphasised the indomitable spirit within the squad, urging his teammates to persevere amidst physical exhaustion.

“Fatigue is inevitable, but our resolve must remain unwavering,” Saliba remarked. “We play with our minds as much as our bodies. We’re compelled to push beyond our limits, for this is the essence of football.”

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