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Mikel Arteta wants his side to play for the “pride in the shirt” against Chelsea.
He said: “I think it is the pride in the shirt that we wear [that motivates us], and that we want to win.
“Winning is going to put us in a much better position in the table, which is going to make us… the chance to finish where is mathematically possible, but it doesn’t depend on us at the moment.”
Arteta has also poured cold water on reports suggesting that Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will return to the Emirates.
This comes after former Gunners star Jack Wilshere claimed the north Londoners’ failure comes down to the loss of “proper Arsenal people” from the club.
Arteta said: “I think it’s very important to have people that they’ve been here, that they have the experience, that they are well respected here.
“We have a lot of them as well around the training ground, at the stadium. So I don’t know if Jack refers more to the type of people or players, or just people that are recognised with the DNA of the club.
“Honestly I cannot talk about an individual.”
Meanwhile, SunSport has revealed that Roma have joined the race for Brighton star Ben White – the defender loads of major clubs across Europe are scrambling to sign.
The Italian sleeping giants have turned their attention to White on the instruction of new boss Jose Mourinho.
When Mourinho agreed to take charge in the Eternal City he made it clear the side needed strengthening, and the 23-year-old Seagulls ace is one of the names he gave them.
But the chances of Roma being able to seal a deal for White are remote, because there is so much interest in him Brighton know they can place a huge valuation on him – in excess of £45million.
Liverpool were watching him closely after that year at Elland Road, making inquiries to the Seagulls as the club were rejecting bids up to £25m from Leeds.
But it is not just Jurgen Klopp who admires from afar, Arsenal and Manchester United have also been tracking his performances in the Premier League.
And finally, Hector Bellerin seems likely to exit the club at the end of the season.
The Gunners are already lining up potential replacements as Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan appear keen to sign Bellerin in the summer.
The north Londoners are keeping tabs on Norwich ace Max Aarons as well as Real Betis player Emerson.
Manager Arteta has been promised funds in the summer by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who is looking to rebuild his relationship with the fans after the European Super League fiasco
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