Mikel Arteta has suggested that the Premier League title ‘has to’ be the aim for Arsenal amid a rollercoaster start to the new campaign.
As it stands, the Gunners sit 11th in the current standings having won three and lost three out of their opening seven matches of the season.
Arsenal head into this weekend’s round of matches preparing to take on one of their previous title heroes – Patrick Vieira – who is now overseeing proceedings at Crystal Palace.
It has been over 17 years since the Frenchman was part of the Arsenal side under Arsene Wenger that went undefeated to claim the trophy.
When asked if Arsenal’s wait for domestic glory could continue even longer, Arteta replied: “Hopefully not, it’s been a long, long time. We have the example of Liverpool, we know how long they went without a Premier League title and it’s doable and achievable to do.
“I’m always positive to think there are ways to do it in a different way and what you are dreaming with.”
Of course, the Reds themselves went through a spell without a league trophy having never won a Premier League crown before the 2020 season, whilst it was their first domestic success in the league of any kind since 1990.
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A lot of the credit of that turnaround has to go to current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has transformed the Merseyside outfit from perennial mid-table finishers to habitual challengers for honours.
It certainly took a while for the German to achieve that though, and Arteta is aware of the amount of work that can go into a title-winning side – albeit having confirmed that it is his eventual ambition to bring the league title back to north London sooner rather than later.
The Spaniard continued: “Well it is difficult because normally they [players] become heroes when they are successful and when you win football games and trophies. To do that, you don’t need individuals, you need a squad and you need a really good generation.
“In this context, probably the best ever generation in Premier League history to become champions of this league because the top points that you could have today, wouldn’t be enough even today to win the Premier League so that is very significant.
“That has to be the aim. The club has done it in the past and we are looking to do it again.”
Source by Football London