Arteta calls for calm as Arsenal face crucial fixtures

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta

Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta has called for calm within the club as Arsenal enter a crucial part of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger’s side sit at the top of the Premier League table and pundits are describing the Emirates outfits as serious title contenders.

And Arsenal can help their cause to make the knockout stages of the Champions League tonight if they can overcome Borussia Dortmund in north London tonight.

Wenger’s team face crucial fixtures over the next few weeks which could go a long way to deciding their destiny.

But looking ahead to the pursuit of league title, Arteta concedes it possible to win it but has done so erring on the side of caution in his comments.

He said: “I think we have the desire and hunger to do it. We haven’t done it as a club for a long time. Everyone is desperate to do it but we have to be very calm.

“We’re still in October, it’s very early but things are looking positive. I think this team still has a percentage of improvement to make. We’re really looking forward to see where we can finish.”

Spanish star Arteta, signed in 2011 on a four-year deal from Everton for a fee of £10million, reckons having the right personnel on board is crucial to the cause. Asked what helps bonds a team, he said: “Characters You have people that are fair, that are honest and really look forward to playing with the other players.

“Then you need a manager on top of that – someone who can read the characters, read the situation and treat everyone in the way which they need to be treated.”

And Arteta believes team spirit can elevate a side from being good to becoming great.

He said: “I think it can and I think we’ve got another great value, which is the quality and the technical ability we have at this club. If you add it together you have all the ingredients to make it work.

“This league is harder than any other league in Europe because we have five or six candidates to win it. Little things can make the difference and I think this can be one of them.”