Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss says ‘brain takes me to place where we win title’


There is only one thing on Mikel Arteta’s mind as he prepares title-chasing Arsenal for their penultimate game of the season against Manchester United.

“My brain always takes me to the place where we are lifting the Premier League,” said the Spaniard. “That is where my brain is at the moment.”

The Gunners are one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table as they chase a first title since 2004 – though they could begin Sunday’s game at Old Trafford in second if City, who have a game in hand, win at Fulham on Saturday.

“It leaves us in a very clear situation,” said Arteta.

“We have to focus and do what have to do to be in the best possible situation. That’s what we are doing.”

After Sunday’s game at Old Trafford, Arsenal host Everton in their final game on Sunday, 19 May.

Meanwhile, Manchester City travel to Tottenham on Tuesday before playing West Ham at Etihad Stadium on the final day.

Asked what he would do if he was offered a contract that ensured Arsenal would win the Premier League if they won their final two games, Arteta added: “I would take that pen and sign it.

“We are in the journey to try to catch them [City]. It makes you better always when someone challenges you to go further and further.

“The recent history of City has been of winning trophies. As an opponent they have been unbelievable over the last 15 years, but we want to change that.”

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