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It's crunch time for Arsenal with nagging fears resurfacing, writes SAMI MOKBEL as Mikel Arteta urges them to prove mettle and book Champions League semi-final... so can they handle the heat?

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All of a sudden there’s a familiar, rather apprehensive, feeling gripping the Emirates Stadium.

A sinking feeling, the sort that has you bracing yourself for the worst.

Arsenal’s nerve is being questioned again ahead of a week that could define their season following Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa.

There is genuine basis to those emerging doubts. We’ve seen this film before.

The capitulation at the end of last season that cost Mikel Arteta’s side the Premier League title will haunt the club until they finally win the competition for the first time since 2004.