• Arteta backs team to make up 10-point gap to Chelsea
• Manager happy to have had ‘mini pre-season’ winter break

Mikel Arteta is convinced Champions League football remains within Arsenal’s grasp and that a strong run of form upon the resumption of their Premier League campaign would reignite their hopes of a return to Europe’s elite.

Arsenal sit 10 points behind the fourth-placed Chelsea and it is some gap to make up over the next 13 games given they have won just twice in the Premier League since 6 October, with their only back-to-back victories coming in the first fortnight of the campaign. Arteta refuses to give up hope.

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