Arsenal midfielder: Our self-conviction is back

Mikel Arteta highlights the positives Arsenal can take from their home draw with Manchester City.

Arsenal may be seven points off the pace in the Premier League, but Mikel Arteta insists that they are very much in the title race.

The Gunners are currently on a run of three games without a win and will face a “phenomenal” clash against fifth-placed Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side are currently just four points clear of the Toffees, who have a game in hand and are set to make a late rally for the final Champions League spot.

However, Arteta believes that he and his teammate are full of confidence heading into the final six rounds of the league campaign.

The 32-year-old underlines their mental strength and fortitude in coming from a goal down to hold title rivals Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

That result came on the back of a 6-0 humiliation to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a disappointing 2-2 draw with Swansea City at home.

"It means a lot (in terms of self-belief) after two disappointing results in a row,” the Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website. "After we went 1-0 down, mentally we were really strong and showed great belief.

“We were playing against one of the best teams in the country and we had the best situations in the game. We all came together again and fought a lot and deserved at least a point.

“The lads had a great response, and I thought we could have nicked a goal to win it. I liked the character and the desire the team showed. When we have the crowd behind us, it gives us something extra.

“To play here as a visitor, it is really difficult when everyone is behind Arsenal, it makes it really hard. I know they [the fans] were disappointed with the results, but we have a real chance now to finish the season strongly.

“Mentally someone had to put it right, and only we (the players) could do that. We have got the crowd back with us now and hopefully we can finish the season strong because there is still a lot to play for."

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