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Arteta insists reaching 60 points ‘means nothing’ and plays down Saliba and Gabriel spat

Mikel Arteta has played down the importance of reaching 60 points in the league as well as an on-field spat between William Saliba and Gabriel.

The Gunners’ face Everton on Wednesday night in what is their game in hand on Manchester City, offering them an opportunity to open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

 

A victory would move Arsenal onto 60 points after just 25 games, though Mikel Arteta played down the significance of reaching the milestone.

“That means nothing because there are still another 14 games to play,” he said. “It’s still a long run.”

Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners over Leicester at the weekend, though there appeared to be an exchange between Willliam Saliba and Gabriel at full-time, with the Frenchman appearing to push his defensive partner.

However, Mikel Arteta has insisted that ‘everything is fine’ between the pair, before praising their passion and desire to do better.

“They are a happy marriage, they love playing with each other,” smiled Arteta.

“But they are very demanding with each other – which is good. Everything is fine.

“I don’t want robots. I want players with feeling, with passion, that makes demands of each other, but that have that chemistry, and those two certainly have chemistry on and off the field.

“I love that even when winning, they want to do better.”

Read – Arteta wants Arsenal to be more ‘unpredictable’ ahead of Everton clash

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