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Arsenal press conference live: Mikel Arteta on Europa League, transfers and Aston Villa

Good morning and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

This meeting holds great weight for both sides as with their win over Liverpool last week, the Gunners have kept their chances of Europa League qualification via their league position alive.

Currently, Arteta’s side are 10th in the Premier League table [with 53 points] but are five points off sixth placed Spurs with a game in hand. Wolves [three points ahead in seventh], Sheffield United [one point ahead in eighth] and Burnley [one point ahead in ninth with an extra game played] still in the hunt, breaking into those spots will be a tough ask.

Aston Villa on the other hand will be desperate for three points to avoid relegation to the Championship. As it stands, Dean Smith’s side are 18th and a win could see them leapfrog Watford into 17th making their hopes of survival significantly greater on the final day.

The Gunners head coach is also expected to be quizzed on Arsenal’s potential transfer activity and the confidence built by the wins over Liverpool and Manchester City.

Follow below as our club writer Art de Roche brings the updates from the Gunners head coach as they come.