Mikel Arteta Urges Teammates to End Arsenal’s Silverware drought
The Gunners entered their eighth-year without a trophy and are on the verge of losing their Champions League spot as well. Mikel Arteta, who arrived at Arsenal in 2011, claims it’s extremely heavy to bear the disappointment of his side’s trophy-less campaign.
Mikel Arteta performed the duties of an interim manager last weekend when the newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United came to visit the Emirates. The match, which finished with a 1-1 draw, gave Arsenal fans and players the idea that they can challenge for greater honors soon.
In an interview to Arsenal’s official website, Arteta explained that the Gunners had the potential to record success in the form of winning silverware in the near future. The Spaniard urged his teammates to concentrate on taking Arsenal back to the glory days.
“Next season we have to improve on this current gap,” Mikel Arteta said. “United deserved it (the guard of honour). They won the league with four games to go so they deserved the clapping. When someone does the job you have to congratulate them. This is the respectful thing to do.
“You want to be in that situation to walk on the pitch and the other teams show respect because you are the winners. Hopefully, along with our young players, we will have the chance to do it.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set Champions League qualification as the primary target for his team. Presently, Chelsea holds the advantage of fourth-placed Arsenal. Chelsea has a game in hand and are one point ahead of Arsenal. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur are breathing down the Gunners’ neck. Placed fifth, Tottenham Hotspur are only two points away from a Champions League spot. They also have the advantage of an extra game.
This is quite tenuous situation for the three London clubs. Mikel Arteta believes the last round of the Premier League games will decide about the teams who finish top four on the table.
“We are in the same situation as we were beforehand,” Mikel added. “We have tough games to play. It will be very close and will go to the last game. Yes it will be about who is the most clinical at the right moments. When it gets to the last games the teams who are the most clinical win the games. We have seen that over the last few weeks. It will be a difficult battle for everyone.
“You want to do well when you go for challenges or make a mistake. There is pressure on us like there is for the other teams. Every team we face in the Premier League is playing for something, relegation or Europe. It will be interesting.
“I believe in our players but we have to show we can do it. It is easy saying we have a better chance but it is up to us to do it on the pitch. Every game is difficult and anything can happen. We have to play for that.”
Arsenal’s last three games of the season are against Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United.