Mikel Arteta wants a raucous atmosphere at the Emirates this evening as Arsenal look to secure the three points which will take the race for Champions League qualification to the last day of the season.
Taking the opportunity to remind Gunners fans that there’s a big football void on the horizon the Spaniard pretty much urged everyone to scream their effing heads off tonight for one last time.
“It’s going to be difficult and it helps when you have the fans behind you,” the lego-haired one told Arsenal Player.
“We have examples this year when they have been absolutely magnificent. You just play with an extra man. The confidence and belief they give you just throws you forward.
“That’s what we need. We need to have an atmosphere. It’s the last game of the season at home and I think people are going to be up for it.”
Despite being well-aware that a six-point haul from the games with Wigan and Newcastle will see Arsenal dine at Europe’s top table again next season (tricky qualifier aside), the Spaniard admitted that his teammates sole focus in the coming days should be on playing their football and not the wider implications.
“I think we have to forget a little bit the external part of what the game means and just focus on the good things and the things that we did right on the pitch,” he continued.
“If that is the case, I think the percentage of winning the games increases a lot. When you’re thinking about other things, you can’t really focus on what you’re doing so that’s why we have to try to manage [the game] tomorrow. For Wigan it’s going to be a tough game mentally as well.
“What I like [to do] is take all that and put it in a motivation pack and use that motivation pack to carry yourself and give the best you have. [You want to] try to get the positive energy out of it, not to get yourself restricted and play with a bit of fear. That’s the wrong way.”
Arseblog News can’t be sure what Mikel’s motivation pack looks like (it’s probably made by Louis Vuitton and includes a mirror and some super-strength hair gel) but ours own would definitely be housed in an eighties-style bum bag (fanny pack for those of you in the USA) and include Jaffa Cakes, a flask of fine spiced rum, fortune cookie messages featuring ‘go-get-em’ quotes from Perry Groves and Paul Merson, pictures of middle-aged Spurs supporters crying, a flirtatious letter from a pretty lady hinting at a happy ending, a wad of cash and an instructional video from Thierry Henry teaching us how to overhead kick winning goals in the final minute of a game.
If Arsenal are reading and fancy doing that as the next membership that would be ace…