Mikel Arteta: I can’t wait to face Liverpool again

Mikel Arteta admits that he is relishing Arsenal's FA Cup last-16 clash with Liverpool on Sunday

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

Mikel Arteta admits that he is relishing Arsenal’s FA Cup last-16 clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Gunners were torn apart as the Reds sealed a 5-1 win at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend.

And midfielder Arteta is looking forward to the chance to gain revenge on the Merseyside club at Emirates Stadium.

“I can’t wait for Sunday’s game because I want to take it out of the system and get a very different result,” Arteta told Arsenal’s website. “Hopefully we can get the legs back for Sunday and try to perform as good as we can.

“When something like that [5-1 defeat] happens it is something like that [revenge] in your system. You know that you have to manage your feelings sometimes because when you worry too much about it, it’s not good as well.

“We will try to recover, speak about it and analyse what we did against Liverpool as well and try to improve.”

The Spaniard continued: “Going 4-0 down so early has never happened in my career so it was tough. We conceded from two set-pieces really early in the game and we had to open up.

“For me they have got the two best strikers in the Premier League at the moment and with the space they exploited that really well. After 20 minutes it was 4-0, it’s a big help for them.

“But it was completely different when we played them in November [when Arsenal won 2-0]. I think we were the better team on the day and we played much better than them. Hopefully we can be closer to the first game than the second one on Sunday.”

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