Arteta: Next two games 'crucial'

14 January 2021 18:57:19 GMTPlus11

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta believes his side’s next two Premier League games will have a major influence on the direction of their season as a whole.

The Gunners boss had appeared to be under heavy pressure following a run of seven Premier League games without a win, before he and his players started to turn their fortunes around.

I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking.

Mikel Arteta

The Londoners have now won four in a row in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in their last three matches.

Next up is a league visit from capital rivals Crystal Palace on Thursday evening, with a home clash with Newcastle United to follow next Monday.

And Arteta believes that wins in those two games could set his side up for a very positive final few months of the campaign.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking - 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.

"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 Gunners can be backed at 1.66 to defeat the Eagles on Thursday evening and are 2.37 to keep a clean sheet, while they are available at 6.00 to secure a top-six finish come the end of the season.

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