Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the Gunners have been overworked this season. He credits his young side for their exploits but believes there is still a big gap between where they are and where they want to be.
The Gunners have lost their last two Premier League games, losing 3-0 to rivals Tottenham Hotspur and 2-0 to Newcastle United, to give Spurs an advantage in the race to the top four. They are two points ahead of Spurs on the day. final competition,
Tottenham face Norwich City in their final game (May 22), while the Gunners face struggling Everton on the same day. A draw would be enough for Spurs to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League unless the Gunners overcome a +15 goal difference.
However, Arteta believes they can still look at this season in a positive light. He said on BBC Sport (over 90 minutes):
“In a few weeks’ time, when we’re on vacation, and we look back at what we’ve done – whether we’re in the Champions League or the Europa League – I think everyone will agree that we’ve done a lot. than expected, for sure.”
He also praised his side, the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season. Spaniard says:
“They’ve shown they have what it takes because of what they’ve done; in the last ten seasons no one has done that. That’s what they did and it’s the team’s credit for what they’ve done. The problem is where we want to be right now, not where we are today. We want to be the best, but that gap is still really big. A club of that age in the team. starting on the field, that was not done in this tournament.”
“We’ve come a long way” – Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s 2021-22 season
Arteta added that the Gunners are on the right track and have shown great progress. He say:
“We’ve come a long way with a lot of things, especially who we are as a club and the connection between what we’re doing and how people feel about it. That’s also really important, and it takes time to build that trust.”
Arsenal finished eighth in the last two Premier League seasons. They also started this year’s season with a streak of 3 consecutive defeats.
So finishing in 5th would be a great sign of progress for the Gunners even though they looked pretty good coming in at 4th two weeks ago.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-i-think-everybody-agree-mikel-arteta-makes-bold-claim-arsenal-s-2021-22-season?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I think everybody would agree”