Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal is starting to put fear into its opponents following the North London club’s 2-0 win at home to third-place Liverpool on Saturday. The Gunners captain knows his team has just embarked on a crucial period of the season with Borussia Dortmund away in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and Manchester United away in the Premier League on Sunday.
"We have more belief and are starting to create a bit of fear into the opposition,” Arteta said after Saturday’s game. “That is giving us a better chance to win the game. When you are on a good run and the confidence level is high, it makes everything a bit easier.”
The Spanish midfielder underlined Wednesday’s game as arguably the club’s most crucial test so far this season. “The Dortmund game is huge," he said. "We knew this week was going to be tough and this is a good way to start it. "Dortmund will be a very different game to Liverpool, with the way they play, so we will have to get ready for it. I didn't think Dortmund were the better team when they won [2-1] at the Emirates last time. We conceded a goal when we were on top in the game, and were likely to score a second to kill the game.”
He added: "But we know in the Champions League against those teams you are limited to small chances, and it was our fault we lost, but I think we showed we are the same level as Dortmund. We don't want to go to Napoli needing a win. But when you look at the fixtures at the start of the group, it would have been strange if by the last game you are already qualified given the quality of the teams, so we might need to get something there, too."