Mikel Arteta says our objectives for the run-in to the season are “high, but possible” and believes the hunger of our squad can help them achieve their goals.
We’re firmly in the mix for a top-four place with 17 games remaining of the campaign, and the boss has full faith in his players.
“We have the youngest squad in the league and that is not a coincidence, we planned to do something like that because we had to rebuild something as well that we believe in,” Arteta told Arsenal Media.
“We have a squad full of enthusiasm and passion, but with the right amount of quality and experience as well, which I think is very much needed.
“So we are really looking forward to [the run-in], we know what the aim is at the end of the season, where we want to be: it’s high but it’s possible and we’re going to have a real go in the second half of the season to achieve it.
“I am very confident because I see how much they want it, and we still have a lot of things to improve,” he continued.
“We have lost points that sometimes show the lack of maturity we have in the squad, but at the same time we won a lot of games because of the enthusiasm, the passion and the energy they bring to the team.
“So we have to keep maintaining that balance right and give them confidence. When those players feel supported and [know that] we are right behind them and they play with no fear, that is when they really fulfil their capacities and qualities.
“It is our job to do it, and our fans have been crucial in that because they have really felt they are right behind them.”