Mikel Arteta Sets Points Target for Arsenal Players in Premier League Title Race

Mikel Arteta Sets Points Target for Arsenal Players in Premier League Title Race

Elijah Odetokun
March 4, 2024 at 9:49 AM
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  • Arsenal will face Sheffield United later tonight in the Monday night fixture
  • A win will help the Gunners close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City
  • Manager Mikel Arteta has sent a target message to his players before the game

Mikel Arteta has a message for Arsenal players ahead of the crunch encounter against Sheffield United later tonight as the Premier League title race heats up.

The Gunners are in the title race for the second consecutive season after coming close last year before capitulating with three games to go and losing it to Manchester City.

Ben White, Jorginho, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Jakub Kiwior Arsenal, Newcastle United.
Arsenal players celebrate Bukayo Saka's goal against Newcastle United. Photo by David Price.
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Title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City picked up crucial wins against Nottingham Forest and Manchester United on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, increasing the pressure on the Londoners.

Arteta sets points target for Arsenal

Speaking ahead of the away match, as quoted by Mirror UK, Arteta set a target for his players on the minimum points they need to have at least a chance of winning their first title since 2004.

“You might have to win every game. There are a lot of games, and we are all going to have crazy schedules, and this league might be different to last season. Anything under 90 points, I think, would be very difficult,” he said.
“The target is clear. It's to be better every day so that when it comes to the weekend, earn the right to win and do everything you possibly can to win the game.”

Per Arsenal.com, the Gunners have been in top goalscoring form since the turn of the new year, netting 25 in all competitions and conceding three. They have to maintain this streak to come out with a result at Bramall Lane.

The North Londoners have 12 games left, and if they win all, they will have 94 points, four more than the Invincibles and would have won the title in the last three seasons.

Arsenal to have 19 days break

Sports Brief reported on Arsenal having 19 days break before their match against Man City at the Etihad Stadium, a game that will have a say in the title race.

The FA Cup quarter-final forcing a postponement of their London derby against Chelsea in the weekend of March 16/17 will give them that much space, which could be vital or detrimental.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.