Arsenal aiming higher than top four - Arteta

Arteta

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal's coach

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he did not join the London side to simply ensure that the team ended up being among the top four on the British Premier League Table every season.

The Londoners would break into the top-four if they defeat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, having won six out of their last eight games.

“For me, this is positive. It means there is excitement and they want to push us,” Arteta said of the talk of a top-four spot. “This club is about being the best, not about being fourth.

“So that mentality and drive is because of our history. That history has to be present all the time, trying to achieve the biggest targets.

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“If not, you don’t have the mentality to play for this club. Whether we can achieve it or not, we will see. But the level of expectation has to be the highest.”

The Spaniard said he hopes to use his side’s upcoming run of fixtures as evidence of improvement in comparison to last season.

In 2020/21, Arsenal returned from the November international break and embarked on a run of four defeats and two draws which saw them tumble towards the relegation zone.