Arteta believes the depth that the club have in the middle means they’ll finish top.
As the Premier League title race begins to really hot up Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has sent a vote of confidence to his team-mates.
The Spaniard believes that the Gunners’ strength in depth in midfield gives them the advantage over competitors Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
“It helps the team because we can rotate players and we can play differently,” Arteta told the club’s website.
“We can play with two [in midfield] and it gives us another option.
“No-one has been able to play every game this season. I think the league is getting more demanding, you need a big squad, you can’t afford to have only 11 players.”
The north Londoners have been criticised for perhaps not having enough support in central defence and upfront, but in midfield that cannot be said.
Arteta is among 14 first team midfielders, which minus long-term absentees Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott still looks remarkably strong.
The 31-year-old has formed a fine partnership in the middle with the returning Mathieu Flamini, whilst Aaron Ramsey has been in brilliant form and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere have also looked good.
Arsene Wenger’s team comfortably beat Sunderland 4-1 in the league on Saturday to keep up their title credentials, with just four points separating the Blues at the top and the Reds in fourth.
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