Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, has stated that the “nicest part” of the Premier League season is yet to come

Manager Mikel Arteta believes that the Premier League title race is not over and that Arsenal still has a promising part of the season to come. Manchester City currently leads the league with a one-point advantage and a game in hand after beating Arsenal 4-1 on Wednesday, causing them to lose their top spot on the table.

Although Arsenal has spent more time at the top of the table this season than City, Arteta remains confident that his team can still make a comeback.

The Gunners are determined to bounce back from their current four-game winless streak and make amends in their upcoming match against Chelsea on Tuesday.

“We can still achieve the Premier League because there is five games to go and a lot of things are going to happen still,” he said.

“When I look at it, this is not over.

“It is not in our hands any more. What is in our hands is to try to win the games we have left and the rest is down to City.

“I have not had to pick up the mood of the players. They keep the fire in the belly for tomorrow.

“What we have to do is forget about what happened last week, learn from it and move on into the next game.”

Brighton’s defeat by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday sealed Arsenal’s place in the Champions League next season for the first time since 2016-17.

Arteta said: “I am incredibly proud and thankful to everyone who has contributed to bringing Champions League football back to this club.

“So congratulations, but also thank you for still being upset and accepting that the Champions League is not enough and we want more.”

William Saliba, the French centre-back for Arsenal, will not be available for the upcoming match against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. The 22-year-old has been sidelined for over a month due to a back injury, which according to Arteta, has shown no signs of improvement over the past week. Arsenal last won the title in 2004.