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Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal players, fans to control emotions in title race

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has urged the club's fans -- and his teammates -- to keep their emotions under control as the Premier League title race enters its closing stages.

Arsenal's recent struggles in the Premier League have led to widespread disgruntlement among supporters, with the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea generating a furious reaction in the stands.

Arsenal were booed off, with former striker Thierry Henry saying he had never seen Arsenal fans as angry -- comments that later drew a rebuke from Wenger.

But although the Gunners are eight points behind leaders Leicester, Arteta expects them to fight for the title until the end -- if the players and supporters can keep cool heads.

"This is something we have deal with very, very carefully because I think we have so much desire and ambition to win trophies like the Premier League at the moment," he told the official Arsenal website.

"You don't know how to deal with those emotions because they are our emotions, the staff and the fans' and you sense that in the stadium.

"When a disappointment comes, it feels like the end of the world. You are going to have those ups and downs -- everybody has had it.

"I still believe we have the potential to win and have everything required to win it.

"We are going to be there until the end, but we need to find the balance between everybody to be helpful but not push too hard where we can destroy that."

The Gunners are preparing for another crucial week, with an FA Cup quarterfinal against Watford on Sunday followed by a trip to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek and then a Premier League game at Everton.

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