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Arteta urges Arsenal fans to turn up volume in Premier League title push

LONDON (AFP) – Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal fans to produce “full energy” as they chase a sixth straight Premier League win against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The third-placed Gunners, five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, have scored 21 goals in their five league games so far in 2024, conceding just twice.

But they are licking their wounds after losing the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Porto 1-0.

“What happened in another competition is there,” he told his pre-match press conference yesterday. “What you cannot deny is what is in your tummy after a defeat and we have to use it in a really powerful way to do even better.”

The Spaniard, whose team finished second in the Premier League last year despite leading for most of the campaign, wants a crackling atmosphere.

“We want to create an atmosphere in the stadium from the beginning,” he said. “I ask everybody to go there tomorrow night with full energy because the team is going to need it.

“We are in a really good moment in the Premier League and we want to continue to be there, and tomorrow’s game is vital to achieve that.”

The Gunners, who have not been crowned league champions since 2004, faltered in the home stretch last season, allowing Manchester City to overtake them, but Arteta said his team were “where we want to be”.

Mikel Arteta. PHOTO: AP
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