Mikel Arteta is ready to lead Arsenal into what could be the “defining moment” of their season when they travel to Tottenham on Thursday knowing victory will seal a return to the Champions League.
A brace from Eddie Nketiah was just about enough to secure a 2-1 victory over 10-man Leeds on Sunday to leave the Gunners on the cusp of ending a five-year wait for top-tier European football.
Leeds rallied despite having Luke Ayling sent off before the half-hour and pulled one back through Diego Llorente but have slipped into the Premier League bottom three.
Leeds host Chelsea on Wednesday night, before ending the season with games at home to Brighton and away at Brentford.
Head coach Jesse Marsch will have been pleased with the response of his players at the Emirates Stadium and has backed them to give their all to remain in the Premier League.
“I think we had a really bad start and dug a hole for ourselves which we didn’t need to,” he said.
“Obviously we are in a difficult situation. We have to regroup and figure out what we can do.
“Our backs are against the wall. We are in the relegation zone but we have to fight for our lives.” This loss affected many especially those that did some online betting on the match.