The Latest Arsenal News: Arteta is reinforcing his squad for next season in order to challenge City for the league title again
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, thinks that in order to dethrone Manchester City and become Premier League champions next season, the Gunners need to bolster their squad through transfers.
Despite leading the table for a significant portion of the previous season, Arsenal’s performance declined towards the end due to injuries to important players.
City secured their fourth Premier League championship in five years and achieved the treble by triumphing in the FA Cup and Champions League.
There are rumors of a competitive bidding process between both clubs for the West Ham captain, Declan Rice, while Arsenal is also expected to acquire Kai Havertz from Chelsea.
“That is our ambition,” Arteta told Marca on his hopes of winning the title.
“We know the difficulty: it’s the best league in the world and next season is going to be the toughest league in Premier League history.”
“Why? It already was last year. I’ve been here for 22 years and I’ve never seen a competitive level like that. So much quality, so much organisation, so many resources, so many good coaches.”
“That’s the level and to win the Premier League you have to be the best. That’s why you have to strengthen.”
Not many people anticipated Arsenal to be contenders for the title, especially considering their previous six seasons finishing outside the top four. However, Arteta confessed that he is still feeling the pain of leading the Premier League for most of the season, from August to April.
“To this day, it still hurts me deep inside not to have won the Premier League after 10 months of fighting with City,” he added.
“There were three or four injuries to important players and from then on, everything got complicated. When we had the full team, we were consistent. As soon as problems came, it wasn’t enough for us.”
“Our opponent was the best team in the world, the best squad in the world, the best coach in the world.”
“We had no choice but to accept it and shake hands with the champion.”