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'Crucial': Arteta names 'two games' Arsenal have to win to qualify for Europe

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faced the media ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

The Gunners are finally back to winning ways. Four wins on the bounce has changed the mood around the Emirates. But, a lot of the season is still left to be played and we have to be at our best.

Arsenal were tipped by many to be in a relegation battle a few weeks ago. Our form before Christmas was abysmal, but after consecutive wins in the Premier League, a place in the top-six – or even in the top-four – looks very much possible.

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Arteta was asked if Arsenal now have a chance to make it into the top-six. He didn’t want to look that far ahead but claimed that our next two games will have a huge say on where we will end up.

He told Arsenal.com: “I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking and to reinforce all the things that we have improved on and the results that we are having recently. We will know much more I think after the next two games.”

“We want to keep that consistency and having the belief that we can go into every game with the feeling that we are going to win it. The more games we are able to win the better that feeling is going to be.”

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“Obviously, to start thinking more about the table in a different direction, if you are able to win these matches your mind starts to look in a much more positive way.”

The next two games are winnable

Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Thursday and that will not be an easy game. However, they’ve won just three of their last 10 games, and our new-found confidence should help us get past them.

Arteta’s men host Newcastle after Palace and as Saturday showed, the Magpies will frustrate us. However, with all of our in-form players set to start, and with Thomas Partey also expected to return, we should back ourselves to get the three points.

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