Mikel Arteta: Festive fixtures will be key for Arsenal bid

Mikel Arteta believes that the forthcoming hectic festive schedule could make or break Arsenal's title challenge

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Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011 Photo: Twitter/Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes that the forthcoming hectic festive schedule could make or break Arsenal’s title challenge.

The Gunners are four points clear at the top of the table heading into Sunday’s clash against Everton at Emirates Stadium after an impressive start to the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men face Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea in their next three games after taking on the Toffees.

And midfielder Arteta is hoping that the north Londoners can keep their impressive run going through the busy end-of-year schedule.

“The difference is that we are top of the league, while normally by now we are 10 to 12 points behind whoever is first,” Arteta is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“That is the big difference. Obviously the confidence and atmosphere is different and we want to maintain that.

“As long as you have that quality, the ambition and the togetherness that we have, I think we are in a good position to do it.

“That is where we are and I think the Christmas period now is going to be massively important.”

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