Arteta: We must show we have raised our level
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has challenged his Arsenal side to show they have raised their level in the Super Sunday clash at the Emirates Stadium.
“It is a really exciting game against one of the top opponents in this league,” he said. “It will be a really demanding match that is going to require us to be at our best.
“It is a fixture that everybody is looking for against an opponent that has shown the level they have in the last five and six years.
“We have to show we have raised our level and are able to compete.”
Arsenal sit top of the Premier League having taken 21 points from a possible 24 this season but Arteta believes there is plenty more to come.
“I am very conscious that we can get much better than where we are today and we have to do better to be the team we want to be and the challenge is to be able to do that every three days,” he said.
“You always see the weaknesses you want to improve.”
Arteta also spoke of his pride at how the atmosphere and mood has changed around the club under his management.
“I am really happy and proud for the change of dynamic and how the atmosphere is around the club,” he added.
“How you measure success is lifting trophies, but as well you have to understand where we were and how fractured the club and the environment looked.
“How it looks now is a credit to everyone.”