Arsenal morning news: Arteta fooled by fan prank, Wenger on top four race

A round up of news stories this morning about Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta reacted furiously when an Everton fan asked him to pose for a photo after the defeat yesterday.

The fan approached the former Toffees icon who agreed to pose for the picture before the fan held up three fingers in relation to Everton’s 3-0 win.

As soon as Arteta realised the joke, he tried to back down from having the picture taken.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that a top four finish for the Gunners will be difficult.

Arsenal were well beaten yesterday away at Everton, falling 3-0 to go with the heavy defeat away to Chelsea in recent weeks.

“The fight [to finish in the top four] is very open and is not depending only on us, it’s depending on Everton who are in a strong position. I’m absolutely 100 per cent determined to fight to make the top four – but it will be difficult,” said the Arsenal boss.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Roberto Martinez would be the perfect man to replace Arsene Wenger.

Martinez’ Everton side played well against Arsenal yesterday and he’s rated as one of the most talented coaches in the Premier League.

“That's the kind of manager that you want, a good young manager that has proven himself tactically, he knows what he's doing. It's got to be that kind of man, Roberto Martinez, he's the perfect one. If someone was to ask me who I want,” Wright told BBC 5Live.

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