Arteta hoping Arsenal can go to ‘the next level’ after FA Cup success

Arsenal’s 2019/20

The 2019/20 campaign proved something of a mess from an Arsenal perspective.

The Gunners endured a nightmare start to the season under Unai Emery.

This eventually saw the Spaniard sacked, and replaced by fellow countryman Mikel Arteta.

And, despite having had zero previous managerial experience to his name, Arteta went on to turn things around at Arsenal.

Granted, the north Londoners finished 8th in the Premier League table, their lowest position for many years.

But it was nevertheless quite clear that Arteta had a positive overall impact at the Emirates.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Mikel Arteta manager of Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal pose with the trophy after the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 1, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arteta hoping for positive response

Arteta of course managed to guide Arsenal to their latest FA Cup title earlier this month.

As well as marking the Spaniard’s first piece of silverware as a coach, meanwhile, the Gunners’ cup triumph also secured their spot in next season’s Europa League.

But despite his early success at the Emirates, Arteta has made it clear that he intends to keep pushing for further success.

The former Manchester City coach was recently asked where he expects his team to be in a year’s time.

And, though Arteta couldn’t provide a definitive answer, the Arsenal boss went on to reveal his hope that the Gunners’ stars want to ‘go to the next level’, rather than relaxing on the back of securing a trophy and European place:

“It’s an impossible question.

“I don’t even know where we are going to be on day one of pre-season. I have to look at the players, how they come from holidays, how they come after winning, I want to see that reaction.

“You know, are they going to be a little more relaxed because we’ve done something or are they going to come with ‘Okay, this is nothing that we’ve done. We have to go to the next level, we have to apply ourselves better, we have to improve in a lot of areas and we have to dominate many other aspects of the game that at the moment we cannot control’.

“If that is the mindset, then I am very positive that we will be sitting here in a year’s time really happy, but I hope we take that road straight away.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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