Arsenal host Wolves in their final game of the Premier League season this Sunday and whilst it won't include a trophy lift as many would have hoped, the day will likely be a celebration of a step forward for the club. The campaign has seen the Gunners push Manchester City all the way for the league and ultimately return to the Champions League for next season.

While this isn't the end goal for a club like Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta wanting to see his side win trophies and titles, it's still a dramatic step forward from last year. The pressure will be back on next season, there isn't the surprise factor of the Gunners being at the top and there's the weight of expectation - something Arteta has labelled a privilege rather than a burden.

Heading into the final game, the manager has urged his players to end the season with some flair, saying in his pre-match press conference: "Now is about finishing the season in style and providing a great performance and a victory in front of our people. Show our gratitude and receive a lot of the incredible energy that they have given us throughout the season and start to build for the next season.

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"We have to wrap it up in the best possible way, it’s been some journey full of emotions and something to look forward to which at the end we haven’t achieved. Looking with a bit of perspective, there are a lot of things not only on the field that happened at the club that deserves a lot of credit for a lot of people."

However, there are some injury concerns for Arteta that could see him ring some changes as he confirmed there are concerns over the fitness of Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Leandro Trossard. It could see the manager turn to youth, given the backdrop of the game and the valuable experience.

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One of the players who could be in line for a call up is Amario Cozier-Duberry, a 17-year-old who has impressed so much he has been dubbed the "next Bukayo Saka" by some. The forward can play anywhere behind the striker and has been pictured in training "ruining" Jakub Kiwior in a mini clip.

The youngster has shown plenty of promise and with a mixture of injuries and first-team experience, it could be the time for Arteta to hand out an appearance.


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