Arteta: ’Time for team to deliver on the final day’

Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe secured a 3-1 win for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, giving them a chance of finishing in a European place.

Arsenal are in ninth place, a point behind Tottenham in seventh on 59 points .

Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe secured a 3-1 win for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, giving them a chance of finishing in a European place.

Arsenal are in ninth place, a point behind Tottenham in seventh on 59 points . However, they can only secure a place in the Europa Conference League with hopes of finishing in the Europa League spots now out of their reach.

Arsenal host Brighton in their final game on Sunday, and Arteta wants his side to deliver.

He said: “It was a crucial moment because we wanted to go into the final day with every chance to be in Europe next season. In order to do that we knew we had to win today and wait for some results, and with the way the game was developing, we were running out of time and it looked difficult. But at the end, we found a way to do it.

“You saw me on the touchline. I’m so happy. When you’re able to win a game in the last minute, it’s always really pleasing because it shows the team how much they want it and [how much they] believe up to the last whistle, so really good.

“We have to handle that situation [on Sunday]. If somebody were to say to us in November or December that we could be in the position that we are in to have the chance in the last game to qualify for Europe, we would have said you are crazy, but we have done it. I think with the results and the number of points that we have managed to get in those months, we have earned the right to be in that position. Now it’s time to deliver on the final day, but unfortunately, it’s not in our hands.”

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