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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Arteta praises Arsenal spirit

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes the reason for his side’s recent success is the team spirit they established when they were struggling in the early part of the season.

Following, a defeat at struggling Blackburn and an 8-2 loss to rivals Manchester United, many predicted that the Gunners would struggle this season with some even doubting their ability to earn a European place.

However, Arsene Wenger’s men have turned it around and now the form side in the league having moved up to third in the table.

Arteta was one of six deadline day signings the North London club made following a quiet summer in the transfer market which some believe led to their slow start to the campaign.

The 30-year-old has been one of the key components of their upturn in form, adding experience and composure to their talented but raw midfield and has also chipped in with a number of goals, including a stunning free-kick in Saturday’s win against Aston Villa.

The Emirates Stadium side are now favourites in the betting to claim the final automatic Champions League spot and Arteta insists that neither he nor his teammates ever doubted they would fail to be successful his season.

“This group has always been positive, the manager has always been positive with the players and we have kept at it” he said. "We have the talent, we know we have the ability to win games and sometimes it is just about the
balance in confidence. We have it all together now.

"Hopefully we can finish the season strongly because we have a group of players and staff who really mean business, he added".

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