Arteta unhappy with Arsenal gap

by Michelle Fortune , 12 March 2013

Mikel Arteta is not happy with the 24-point gap between Arsenal and Manchester United and has urged the board to do everything possible to ensure the situation improves next season.

Arsenal's title challenge failed to get off the ground as they struggled for consistency and their season went from bad to worse when they were knocked out of both domestic cup competitions by lower league clubs.

With ten matches remaining, Arsene Wenger's men face a fight to finish in the top four and Arteta admits the sizeable gap between the Gunners and Manchester United is 'unacceptable' for a club as big as Arsenal.

"With 10 games to go and to be 24 points behind [the leaders], it's an impossible catch and that, for me, is unacceptable," Arteta is quoted as saying in 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."

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