The Spanish midfielder, 31, was part of the Arsenal team that was forced to form a guard of honour to welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium in April, and the former Everton man said that Arsenal's jealousy of their rivals has spurred them on this term.
“I think that was a nice thing to form the guard of honour,” said Arteta.
“You have to respect the winners and they were the better team that year. The only thing you can do is applaud and then try to challenge them. Of course it inspires you... you want to be in that position.”
Arteta's comments suggest that Arsenal's desire to overhaul United has been deep-rooted since having to applaud the Red Devils on to the field, and will now have the chance to get revenge today.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford this afternoon searching to open up a five point lead from second placed Liverpool, and confidence is flowing through Arsene Wenger's side, particularly after their vital 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
With Arsenal having failed to win a trophy in over eight years, it may well turn out that United's success was just the tonic needed to revitalise Wenger's men.
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