Arsenal a long way from being title contenders, says Arteta


Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta is happy together with his workforce’s begin to the Premier League marketing campaign however believes the north London membership have a long way to move prior to they may be able to be regarded as title contenders. Arsenal completed 8th closing season, 43 issues at the back of champions Liverpool, however have made a sturdy begin to the brand new marketing campaign with two wins.

Arteta’s facet opened with a 3-Zero victory over promoted Fulham prior to scuffling with to a 2-1 win over London competitors West Ham United on Saturday.

“I think we are very far from where we want to be,” the 38-year-old Spaniard mentioned. “But I think if you ask any manager in the Premier League if they are happy with the way everything is going now for the team, it is probably no.”

“We had a super mini pre-season and we are still adapting some things and some players are still not 100% fit either. But it’s great to start winning and to have six points already and to find ways to keep winning.”

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, who scored the opener in opposition to West Ham, has been connected with a transfer away from the Emirates however Arteta remained tight-lipped over the Frenchman’s long run.

“He’s a player I’m really happy with. I think we’ve shown him a lot of faith since I arrived here. But we cannot start any speculation. We know that any player who is under two years of their contract is always going to be talked about,” Arteta mentioned.

“We haven’t started any negotiations over a new contract. We have a lot of things still to do in this market and at the moment we are focusing on those things.”

Arsenal face Leicester City within the League Cup on Wednesday.



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