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Mikel Arteta cautions Arsenal players to avoid watching Manchester City after a double injury setback.

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Mikel Arteta cautions Arsenal players to avoid watching Manchester City after a double injury setback.

Arsenal face Brighton this weekend in the Premier League championship race, and Mikel Arteta’s team will know the result of Man City’s game against Everton before they play.

Mikel Arteta will not prevent his players from watching Manchester City, but he has warned Arsenal that any slip-up would be exploited.

Arteta knows that if there is to be a movement in the title race, it will be this weekend, with Arsenal and City playing back-to-back games on Sunday. City must go to Everton, who are fighting for their lives, for a 2pm kick-off, which is sandwiched between their two-leg Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Arsenal faces Brighton at 4.30pm in another challenging encounter, but it may be their best opportunity of reclaiming first place if City loses at Goodison Park.

The Arsenal players may struggle to stay focused on the task at hand at the Emirates, but Arteta believes they can take the strain.

“For sure, before we go on the pitch, we know the result, and everyone will know it because it will spread out like this,” Arteta added. Will we be tuning in? Most likely not.

“We have to focus on our preparation and we’ve been doing that for the last ten or 15 games and nothing’s changed. You keep an eye on what’s happening, you have to have information but the demands we put on ourselves, we can only control the things that we can control.

“When you have to win, win and win, we’ve been like that for the past three months, it’s extremely demanding because of the position that we’re facing and obviously City have been playing a lot of games as well.

“But that’s what we’re here for. It starts on Sunday again. Three games to go. This is the crucial one. We want to elevate our hopes and our enthusiasm to keep going because there’s still everything to play for.”

Whatever happens next, whether Arsenal wins the title or not, this season has exceeded all expectations from last summer. They began the season hoping to finish in the top four, but they are still in the title battle with three games remaining.

Despite having had a fantastic season, Arteta insists that Arsenal are still a long way from where he wants them to be, especially given that they can look forward to returning to the Champions League next season.

“We are still very far,” said Arteta, who may be without Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba for the rest of the season. We can still be much, much, much better at many things. Huge profit margins.”We can be much better in our build-up, attacking man-to-man situations, attacking open spaces, defending deep, set pieces, and we have vast margins to improve in terms of game management.

“We can be more ruthless in killing games. It’s a lot of things that we have to seek for improvement because we don’t have a single player who has reached his peak. Not one. And when that happens we as coaches have to be curious to understand: what can we do to get them better?

“The Champions League is another level, a different level. You see the presence of the players, the charisma, how they handle the occasion. It’s just magnificent to watch.

“We want to be ‘really’ in the Champions League, representing our club in the right way. We have to seek that level. There is no secret. If you want to be at that level you need certain ingredients.”

Mikel Arteta cautions Arsenal players to avoid watching Manchester City after a double injury setback.

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