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Mikel Arteta accepts Arsenal have no scope to falter as they aim to close the gap on the European places, with time running out to compose the kind of winning run that would avert a series of excruciating financial decisions.

Arsenal travel to Brighton on Saturday to begin a series of fixtures that, if navigated correctly, could at least haul them towards the Europa League spots. Falling further behind would have unhappy consequences and Arteta knows that, with Southampton and Norwich in store after they have faced Graham Potter’s side, they are entering now-or-never territory.

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