Mikel Arteta admits he has a long way to go before Arsenal can be a dream team

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The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta has admitted that he still has a long way to go in terms of building Arsenal football club to the standard the club is known for.

Mikel Arteta took over the reign of Arsenal from Unai Emery in the middle of the 2019-2020 season when the club was struggling to survive in the league.

The 38-year-old Spanish tactician was able to push the club from below the table to the 8th spot on the league table. He also led Arsenal to win the FA Cup which qualified them to the 2020-2021 Europa League campaign.

Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta and his boys so far this season, the club has struggled to remain consistent in the Premier League. The club is currently sitting on the 10th spot on the league table with 37 points in 26 league games. They have recorded 11 wins, four draws, and 11 defeats.

The season has been so difficult for Arsenal that they couldn’t defend the FA Cup title they won last season. They were knocked out of the competition in the 4th round by Wolves on 23 January 2021.

The only aspect of the season Arsenal have been performing perfectly is in the Europa League. Mikel Arteta and his boys successfully knocked out Benfica in the Europa League round of 32.

Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta.

Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Burnley which is scheduled to take place today, March 6 at 13:30. Arsenal need to win the game to remain at least on the 10th spot or move to the 9th spot, pending the outcome of other games.

“(We need to be) much more efficient in decision-making, much quicker to open situations up”, Mikel Arteta said. “We need more control of games, more defensive actions in the opponent’s half, fewer giveaways, more clean sheets. There’s a lot to do, more goals, more creativity.

“When you look at the league table it is not acceptable. We are Arsenal and we should be nowhere near here. If somebody is happy with that he is in the wrong place.”

On Arsenal’s game against Burnley, Mikel Arteta said: “When you look at the previous game we played against them a few months ago (a 1-0 home defeat in October), and you look at where the team is right now, I think it’s always a good way of seeing the progression, and I’ve seen that.”