Mikel Arteta eyeing improvements: ‘Next season it will be very different’

Mikel Arteta says he is confident Arsenal will be back fighting for the top four of the Premier League next season. The Gunners are currently in 10th position on the table with one game left to play. The club will be able to qualify for the Europa League, but only if they manage to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on August 1.

Looking ahead to the new season, Arteta said: “I don’t think the league table lies at the end of 10 months with 38 games. Hopefully next season it will be very different. We have a beautiful challenge, a very demanding challenge but a beautiful challenge ahead of us. We have to get this right and bring this club back to where it belongs which is with the top teams in the country and in Europe. In order to do that we have to make a lot of good decisions.”

“We haven’t been consistent. We obviously had a lot of issues as well in the background, a lot of things that had happened, but at the end of the day we weren’t good enough to be with the top teams. That’s not a lie and it shows the big room for improvement and the gap that is still there and has to be minimised really, really quickly in order to be in a good position to challenge those teams.”