Champions League disappointment will make Arsenal stronger, says Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has insisted that his side’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich can only make them stronger for their remaining games this season, reports the Daily Express.

A 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday meant that Arsenal went out 3-1 on aggregate to the European champions, but they remain in the running for a Premier League and FA Cup double.

The Gunners are seven points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand in the league, but are heavy favourites to win the FA Cup and end their nine-year trophy drought, with Hull City and Football League duo Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United the three other teams left in the competition.

On the immediate horizon, Arsenal face vital games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, but Arteta believes their Champions League experiences could spur them on for those encounters. He said: “If we could win a trophy this year it would be a turning point for the club.

“Because it has been such a long time since we won anything, if you can do it, it gives you a lift. It gives you belief that you can start to go in the right direction and hopefully we can do it.

We have two competitions that we are still in. We want to fight for the league and we have a great chance in the FA Cup. We need to enjoy the moment and make the most of it because we can do something good.

“We have a great chance, there is still a month to go and some tough games coming up. That’s why it is important to get some momentum and get there with belief and in good form.”

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