Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal's defeat against Man City was a 'reality check' but insists the Gunners can still win the Premier League ahead of a vital clash against Chelsea
- Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by Man City last week in a major blow to their title hopes
- Mikel Arteta admitted the reigning champions deservedly won on the night
- Arsenal will return to the top of the Premier League should they beat Chelsea
Mikel Arteta has told his Arsenal players to make sure they spend a 248th night at the top of the Premier League table by beating Chelsea, but they will be without William Saliba yet again.
Arteta, speaking the morning after Arsenal dropped to second in the table behind Manchester City, was asked about spending 247 days at the top.
Arsenal can return to first on Tuesday night when Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium and Arteta said: ‘Tomorrow, 248, this is what I want. Win and be at the top. The reality is that for 247 days, we’ve been there.
'We can still be there. There are five games to go. It's not about the mood. It's keeping that fire in the belly.
‘We can still achieve the Premier League. There are five games to go. What we have to do is forget about what happened last week (the 4-1 loss to City). It took us a while to get over what happened at the Etihad. We’re at home, a London derby, put things right.
Mikel Arteta urged his players to learn from the Man City defeat and beat Chelsea on Tuesday
The Gunners boss claimed Manchester City gave his side a 'good reality check' last week
William Saliba remains sidelined for Arsenal with the defender struggling with a back injury
‘The disappointment was across the club. It was a big night and we didn’t produce the performance we wanted. We deserved to lose the game and we have to move on.
'It was a good reality check as well, in the way they raised the level and we could not step to that level. We still have the nicest part of the season to play with five games to go. I'd pay a lot of money next season to be in this position, believe me.’
Finishing in the Premier League’s top four was the aim at the start of the season and Arteta added: ‘We are in the Champions League and everyone is still unsatisfied with the situation. This is what we need to move forward as a club and a team.
'We are Arsenal football club. We have to be here to win every single trophy. The demands have to be there.’
Saliba will remain sidelined by a back injury with Arsenal missing their influential centre back.
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