Arteta feeling "incredibly positive"

21 August 2021 21:55:46 GMTPlus11
Mikel Arteta says his players remain positive for what lies ahead.

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are feeling "incredibly positive" as they go in search of their first Premier League points of the season against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners have emerged victorious from their last three meetings with the Blues and they are priced at 7/2 to pick up another positive result on Sunday, while Thomas Tuchel's side are available at 17/20 and the draw is on offer at 5/2.

Our focus is to get the best possible performance.

Mikel Arteta

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The pressure will certainly be on Arsenal heading into the match, as they opened the new campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at newly promoted Brentford last Friday - a result that has added to the scrutiny on Arteta and his side.

Arsenal have responded to that defeat by making a double signing in the build up to Sunday's game, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale having joined from Sheffield United, while Martin Odegaard has returned on a permanent basis from Real Madrid following a successful loan spell during the second half of last season.

That double arrival should certainly give the squad a boost and Arteta is feeling positive heading into Sunday's contest.

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"We tried everything that we had in that game (against Brentford), but it didn't work out," the Spaniard told reporters. "We knew the consequences of that externally, what it was going to mean, but internally the reaction has been incredibly positive.

"The best way to put things away is to win. Our focus is to get the best possible performance and then the result will be a consequence to that. Our main focus has to be that."

Increase in options

Ramsdale could be handed his first Arsenal appearance on Sunday, although Odegaard is yet to receive visa clearance and will therefore have to wait to make his second debut.

The Gunners could also be boosted by the return of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, although Alexandre Lacazette and Willian are once again expected to miss out.

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