Saturday, December 28, 2019

Arteta: "Victory over Chelsea will rebuild relationship"

Mikel Arteta believes a London derby victory over Chelsea would give Arsenal the momentum to turn their fortunes around and help to rebuild their relationship with their fans.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in Arteta's first match at the helm on Boxing Day, meaning they have won just one of their past 14 matches in all competitions.

Chelsea will provide the opposition for the Spaniard's Emirates Stadium bow and the Blues head into Sunday's game following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton on Thursday.

Arteta is hopeful the Gunners can compound Chelsea's misery and kick-start a lacklustre campaign, which sees them sitting 11th in the Premier League.

"I think energy is everything, in life, in football and sports, and if we are able to generate this [against Chelsea] it will give us a lift," said Arteta.

"I was really pleased how the fans treated the players [at Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.

"Slowly we need to build that back to what it was because it's going to be very powerful for us to use that.

"[Chelsea] are a terrific team, so it will be a really good test for us."

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