Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Gunners are ‘long way’ from desired level

Arsenal on the up

There’s no denying that Mikel Arteta has had a positive impact at Arsenal.

The Spaniard, despite having possessed zero prior managerial experience, has transformed the Gunners into one of the most well-drilled sides in the Premier League.

Arteta has also already guided his side to both FA Cup and Community Shield glory, whilst taking the scalps of some of the top managers in the game – Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

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‘We’re a long way, I’m afraid’

However, Arsenal are still by no means the finished article.

This has been quite evident this season, with the Gunners already losing four times in the Premier League.

Granted, three of those losses came against Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester.

But if Arsenal want to be a top, top side again, they need to start picking up more points against the bigger sides.

The north Londoners could also do with some more creativity in the middle of the park and perhaps some fresh legs up top.

And though Arteta didn’t mention creativity/goalscoring, he did recently state that Arsenal are a long way from the desired level:

“We’re a long way, I’m afraid.

“It’s part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.

“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season, we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.”

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