While Arsenal’s Champions League dream stays in their very own palms, the way of Thursday night time’s defeat at Tottenham has ramped up the drive.
Spurs are actually only one level in the back of and may just even transfer in-front of Arteta’s aspect through beating relegation-threatened Burnley at house on Sunday.
The damage issues had already been mounting for Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey dominated out for the remainder of the season and the location were given worse at Spurs.
Ben White was once most effective have compatibility sufficient for the bench after lacking the wins over West Ham and Leeds and Rob Holding was once despatched off simply part an hour into the north London derby.
To make issues worse, Gabriel was once taken off injured and changed through Nuno Tavares, leaving Arsenal’s defence depleted forward of a go back and forth to a Newcastle aspect to have just lately welcomed again most sensible scorer Callum Wilson.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta mentioned: “To take that risk [of bringing on Ben White] in the situation of the game made no sense. Our focus is Newcastle. This game is history. He felt something so hopefully Ben will be fit and Gabriel will recover as we do not have enough players in the backline.”