Arsenal’s next two Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United will be a true measure of the improvement the London club have made in the last few weeks, manager Mikel Arteta said on Monday.

Arsenal has won its last three league matches in a row and began its FA Cup title defence on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Newcastle coming on the back of two extra time goals.

Arteta’s side welcomes Palace to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday before hosting Newcastle four days later.

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“The next two games are crucial to see the direction we’re taking to reinforce the things we have improved on,” Arteta, whose side are 11th in the league after a poor start, told a news conference.

“The results we have had recently. We will know much more in the next two games.”

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