• Opponents have to do better than Aston Villa to survive
  • ‘I want to play as strong a team as I can,’ he says

Mikel Arteta has promised Arsenal will not let up against Watford on Sunday, a game that has major implications for the relegation battle if not for his own team’s prospects.

Arsenal cannot finish higher than eighth, guaranteeing their worst league season for 25 years, but their opponents must outdo Aston Villa’s performance at West Ham if they are to survive. With an FA Cup final against Chelsea approaching it could be a logical time to rest tired legs but Arteta feels a duty towards the integrity of what will be a nailbiting day at the bottom.

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