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Fabregas sends message to Arteta as Arsenal extend Premier League lead

Cesc Fabregas has slammed Mikel Arteta’s critics for trying to get him sacked in 2021 but reminded Premier League Arsenal they ‘haven’t won anything yet.

Arteta was fighting to save his job earlier in his tenure but has turned things around to take Arsenal to the top of the Premier League, seven points clear of Man City going into 2023.

The Gunners are seeking to win their first league title since 2004 and extended their lead at the top of the table on New Year’s Eve with a 4-2 victory over Brighton.

While Arsenal ‘haven’t won anything yet’, Fabregas says they are ‘definitely going in the right way’ and have been vindicated in sticking with Arteta despite calls for him to be sacked several times.

‘If we had listened to certain people at a time when Arsenal finished eighth and not doing that well, then maybe Mikel wouldn’t be there,’ Fabregas told The Times.

‘But they gave him the time that was needed to develop his own style, his own players coming in, making his own thing.

‘Mikel was my team-mate and he helped me a lot when I was very young, he knows the game properly. They haven’t won anything yet, but they are definitely going in the right way.’

Arteta was keen to play down Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League despite finishing the year 2022 seven points clear of Man City.

‘We knew the result [of the Manchester City game], but the boost is we have to come here and win, and to do that we have to perform at the highest level in this league,’ Arteta told BBC Sport.

‘Tonight we had to have a big performance to win against a really good Brighton side. We had to dig in as well. ‘[We have] a lot of things to improve, especially in defending moments. We still have room to improve.’

   

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