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Mikel Arteta explains how Arsenal can close gap on ‘big six’

Mikel Arteta explains how Arsenal can close gap on ‘big six’

Mikel Arteta & Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is now in the midst of his third season at Arsenal.

Granted, he did take over midway through 2019/20 following Unai Emery’s sacking, but the Spaniard still only guided the Gunners to an 8th place finish that term.

2020/21 would then by Arteta’s first full season at the helm, and with big signings such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel, fans were likely expecting a bit more from their side.

However, the north Londoners were once again forced to settle for 8th place last campaign.

This summer has since once again seen Arsenal fairly active in the market, addressing some problem areas and adding youth to the side.

But, though we are only six weeks into the season, Arsenal reclaiming a top-six spot this term does already seem quite unlikely.

How Arsenal can close gap on big six

Arsenal began 2021/22 by losing three in a row in the PL, and though their form has now picked up, can they really compete with the top six sides?

Arsenal do look to have recruited well in the summer, but so did all of the teams already ahead of them.

Even Leicester City and West Ham, the two sides most likely to be knocked out of the top six by Arsenal, spent pretty well over the summer.

So, how can Arsenal reclaim a spot in the Europa League or Champions League?

Mikel Arteta was posed a similar question recently, being asked how his side close the gap to the big six when other teams already ahead of Arsenal are making improvements, to which the Spaniard responded:

“Well first of all understanding what the context is. So where the rivals are, what they’ve done to achieve what they’ve done and what we have to do to get there. And then just focusing on your process and what you can control because the rest is out of your hands.

“But you have to be realistic that if the gap is this big, there are things that have to be there to (reduce) this gap. There is not any other possibility because we don’t expect anybody to bring the level down. I think the opposite. I think they will try to increase the level even more.”

Quotes via football.london.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3