Arteta focuses on access to the league semifinals after leaving the League Cup

LONDON: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will focus on entering the Premier League top four following his team’s exit from the League Cup as the club Londoner is nearing the end of another season without titles. Having also been knocked out of the FA Cup earlier this month, Arsenal lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final overall on Thursday. Arsenal are currently sixth in Premier League, one point behind fifth Tottenham and level with Manchester United, seventh, and hopes to finish the season in semifinal to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2016. “We just play to win,” Arteta told reporters ahead of Sunday’s match against Burnley. What puts pressure on the team. We know how many games we have to win if we want to get there, but we have to think about every step. “A lot of things have happened in the last few weeks and it has been very difficult to lead the team because we have lost a lot of players. “We have to come together, we have to win on Sunday and build on that . and we hope to restore the efforts of some players.” The defeat to Liverpool revealed Arsenal’s suffering, which is missing many players from injuries, suspension and participation with their teams in the Africa Cup of Nations. In conclusion, Burnley hasn’t played any league games since January 2, after several games were postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19, but Arteta expected a difficult confrontation. “It’s a good team,” he said. It will be a very important match for us, especially after the defeat and disappointment against Liverpool. We need to restore the tone of the victories. “(Reuters)