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Arteta and Arsenal targeting Chelsea in third place – ‘Everything is open’

Mikel Arteta hopes to drop Chelsea to third, although he expects Arsenal’s bid for Champions League qualification to go to the wire after an “ugly” win at West Ham.

Arsenal played in Sunday’s late Premier League game after third-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Tottenham played earlier in the day.

Chelsea lost at Everton, but Spurs beat Leicester City to move ahead of their rivals into the top four briefly.

However, Arsenal came up with a strong response, edging West Ham 2-1 at London Stadium to reclaim fourth place and close to within three points of Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel acknowledging concern regarding his side’s Champions League hopes.

Manager Arteta was not impressed with the Gunners’ performance but recognised the importance of the victory.

He told Sky Sports:

“We didn’t concede goals, but we didn’t play so well.

“If I had to analyse the game, I would use a word to win ugly. Today we won ugly.

“Big teams have to find a way to win ugly when they don’t play at their best.

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“And today with the ball, we were destitute.”

In his news conference, Arteta was asked if this below-par display might have been linked to the pressure of Tottenham playing – and winning – first, but he dismissed that suggestion as “just an excuse”.

Arteta is attempting to own that pressure, insisting he could not keep the Spurs score from his players.

“I think I would be wasting my time,” he said. “If it’s not the players, it’s the staff because everybody is with their phones, and they all know.

“So, we all knew the result beforehand, and the following week I don’t think that will change.

“Until the last day of the season, we will connect.”

But Arsenal could yet climb further up the table, with Arteta asked if the third place was now the aim.

“Mathematically, everything is open,” he replied, “so we’re going to have to go to Leeds and win again because everybody’s going to put pressure because everybody wants to play in the position we are in now.

“We have to handle that. It’s a great opportunity, and that willingness and motivation that we have are driving us to continue to do so.”

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Arteta was without Ben White following a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Substituting Takehiro Tomiyasu and Bukayo Saka.

The Arsenal boss assured Saka was “really fatigued”, and Tomiyasu could not last the 90 minutes in his first start since New Year’s Day, but Arteta was not concerned.

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