Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal board to bring significant changes
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta wishes to see major changes at Emirates at the end of the season. In the wake of Arsenal’s exit from the Champions League, it has dawned upon Mikel Arteta that it is unacceptable for his side to be 24 points behind the Premier League leaders Manchester United.
After an abysmal start to the season, Arsenal have managed to lift themselves to the fifth spot on the table. The Gunners are still in contention for a Champions League spot, but their dream of qualifying hangs by thread.
With just 10 games remaining in the season, a single defeat or draw would cut down Arsenal’s chances of qualifying to the Champions League significantly. Currently, Arsenal is five points behind fourth placed Chelsea and seven points behind third placed Tottenham Hotspur.
For the first time in 16 years, Arsenal are might lose Champions League football. An attempt to bring any silverware to Arsenal’s trophy cabinet is considered to be a thought for the deluded mind with the club’s trophy curse entering its eighth year this term.
Mikel Arteta believes the Arsenal board will have to bring significant changes to the club in order to rejuvenate the club.
“With 10 games to go and to be 24 points behind [the leaders], it's an impossible catch and that, for me, is unacceptable,” Mikel Arteta told the Daily Mail. “We can't be in that position because we have the best basic structure I've ever seen at a football club. Great philosophy, good players, we've got financial backing to do whatever we want, unbelievable crowds for the stadium. Let's go for it!
“Staying in the Champions League is massive. If we don't get in those spots it makes everything much more difficult. To any team with top players, you have to ask what's going to happen. There's only one answer: we want to improve the team.
“We want to be better and next season we want to get more points, which means we will have won more games. I think the board know that and, hopefully, this summer we'll do something about it.”
Arsenal fought valiantly against Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on Wednesday, but the Gunners were undone by the away goals the German side scored in the first leg. Arsenal managed to grab a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich, yet their qualification was stalled by the 3-1 victory of their adversaries at the Emirates.