Arteta urges players to give all in final games

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Mikel Arteta says his players should give that push needed in the final premier league games as they pursue the title.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants his players to give their totality as the London club push to get the Premier League title this season.

Arsenal bounce back from their European defeat to Sporting to defeat Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Bukayo Saka once again starred in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, scoring twice and set up the opener for Gabriel Martinelli, becoming the first Premier League player this season to reach double figures for both goals and assists.

Arsenal need to show their depth once again in a season where key personnel have been missing at regular intervals.

“We don’t know,” added Arteta when asked if Tomiyasu could miss the rest of the season. “The doctor is going to assess him. We’ve had one assessment and there will be another one tomorrow [Monday]. It’s not looking good, that’s for sure. He’s not someone who likes to exaggerate things so we know it is serious. He was concerned straight away and we are concerned.

“We hope that it’s going to be better news for William [Saliba]. We have to wait until tomorrow to have a better picture. We’ve lost players already this season. We’ve lost Gabby [Gabriel Jesus] for four months, Thomas Partey for one-and-a-half months, Oleksandr Zinchecnko for one-and-a-half months, we’ve lost Mohamed Elneny for six to eight months.

“Now we’ve lost Eddie [Nketiah], Tomiyasu and Saliba.

“Everyone has to give a little bit more. It’s not a secret. If you want to maintain that level, everyone has to step in and give a little bit more. Rob [Holding] is an example of what we needed today.”

It was during the last international break that Arsenal lost Jesus to injury, and so there is naturally going to be an edginess to Arteta over the coming fortnight to ensure his international players come back unscathed from their commitments to their respective countries.

“I want to think positively. Touch wood, but I want to think positive,” he said.

“They’re going to have to play games, they have to do it in the way that they do it here or possibly even better with their country.


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