Mikel Arteta dismisses theory on the reason he brought clock into dressing room

Mikel Arteta insists there was no significance in the hands of the replica Clock End clock he brought into the dressing room at Fulham last weekend pointing at the numbers 11 and two.

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The Gunners continued their march towards the Premier League title with a convincing 3-0 win at Craven Cottage which helped restore their five point lead over Manchester City.

Rather than focusing on the finer points of another stellar display, much of the post match narrative centered on the presence of a mini version of the famous time piece in the photograph that found its way onto social media.

With 11 games remaining and two months of the season to go, one theory suggested Arsenal were using the clock as a quirky way of ticking off the fixtures, but Arteta insists that is not the case.

‘It was something I related to a few days before on where we were as a team and club and what we have to stand for,’ Arteta told ESPN.

‘It was something private in the dressing room just before the game and something that’s in the history of our club.

‘We have to be really conscious of that and when we have that history and we use it in the right way, that’s a really powerful thing to have.

‘The reality is that every game is so important, the margins are so small and we are now going to have to do something incredible until the end of the season to earn the right to be there.’

Whether an emerging Arsenal side can fend off the threat of City remains to be seen, but given the rapid progress that has been made Arteta hopes to be in a position to create a lasting legacy at the club he captained as a player for five years.

He said: ‘If I’m in that position, it would mean we’ve done a lot of great things. But I take it daily. It’s the only thing you can do when you’re a manager.

‘There are so many decisions, so many things that happen throughout the day that you have to be focussed on that. And not get too lost.

‘The bigger picture is clear. I know what I would like to do and what I would like the club to be in certain months but we have to impact today’s decisions in the best way to be where we want to be.’

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