Mikel Arteta has denied he is 'conflicted' despite Man City's ban from the Champions League potentially opening up an opportunity for Arsenal.

The Gunners have a fresh chance to secure a place in next season's competition, with City excluded for the next two years.

Arteta's former club were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, and were handed the suspension by UEFA along with a £24.6million fine.

With City likely to finish in the top four of the Premier League, that has opened up a Champions League place for the side who claim fifth, which could be Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta has denied he is 'conflicted' by Man City's recent ban
Mikel Arteta has denied he is 'conflicted' by Man City's recent ban

When asked about the prospect of Arsenal benefiting at the expense of his former employers, Arteta reponded: "[It's] very difficult. [I am] Not conflicted at all.

"I want the best for Manchester City, for Pep [Guardiola], for the players.

"The only thing I want for them was positive and good things. I want us to do the best we can to achieve what we can deserve."

Man City have already stated they intend to appeal the ban, which would come into effect at the end of this season.

The Arsenal boss saw his side boost their top-five chances with a win over Newcastle
The Arsenal boss saw his side boost their top-five chances with a win over Newcastle

Meanwhile Arsenal gave their chances of finishing in the top five a boost with a convincing win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette saw them run out 4-0 winners at the Emirates stadium.

The win propels Arsenal back into the top half of the table, and six points off north London rivals Tottenham in fifth.

Arsenal have a favourable run of games to come in the next few weeks, while Tottenham must face fellow Champions League chasers Chelsea, Wolves and Man Utd.

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Adding of his side's victory, Arteta said: "We wanted to put draws into wins and the home form is going to be vital.

"It was a little bit slow and you can get frustrated but we started to manage the game better after 25 minutes, had a talk at half time and improved in the second half.

"After the break we started saying we had to start closing the gap on the top teams and turn draws into wins. Today was the first opportunity and we’ve done it. All good."