Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal’s season is facing a make or break five weeks with the club facing huge games against Spurs and Everton in the Premier League and a Champions League double-header with Bayern Munich.
Also set to showdown with Blackburn in the FA Cup this Saturday and against a struggling Aston Villa side, the Spaniard outlined the determination to secure Champions League qualification as the camp prepare for a tough run.
“This next month is the month, it’s crucial,” said the midfielder after the 1-0 win against Sunderland.
“Everything can look brighter at the end of it or really, really bad.”
“We’re a massive club and we never want to be out of the Champions League. Ten years ago it was easier to get into the top four. There are so many more sides out there with equal spending power now.
“There’s been a big improvement in English football; there’s no other league in Europe where it’s as hard to get into the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Frimpong says he’s taking inspiration from Jack Wilshere’s recovery from injury as he looks to make his mark on loan at Fulham before returning to North London in the summer.
The enforcer, who has already spent time with Charlton this season, played 64 minutes for the Cottagers at the weekend as Martin Jol’s side drew 0-0 with Norwich.
“The boss at Arsenal, Mr Wenger, told me to come here and get some games because there is no point sitting on the bench at Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports.
“He said to come here and show what you can do, get some games under your belt, then come back next season and see what happens.
“Sometimes you are going to get good luck, sometimes you are going to get bad luck, and I have had loads of injuries, but I mean to get over it just like Jack has.
“He has got over his injury and now he is playing for England. That is what I trying and do – to get over my injuries and start playing football on a regular basis.”
“Jack is a great footballer. For his age and for what he is doing, he is an inspiration obviously because every young player in the Premier League wants to achieve what he is doing.”