Arteta knows what is needed for an Arsenal title: 'No one needs to tell me that'

Only the Invincibles earned more points (90) in a Premier League season than Mikel Arteta's Arsenal (89). And so, The Gunners remain on track for their first league title since 2004, according to the Spanish manager.

Arteta knows what is needed for an Arsenal title: 'No one needs to tell me that'
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Like Arsenal, rival Manchester City also won on Sunday in the final round, securing the league title once again for The Citizens.

"I know what the level is there," said Arteta, who was previously an assistant to Pep Guardiola at City, during his post-match press conference. "No one needs to explain to me how high that level is because I worked there for four years, and I know what we need to do to reach it."

And Arsenal is well on its way, Arteta believes. "I have never seen such rapid development in a team. We are on the right path and now we really need to dig in. Because we want more."

Under his leadership, Arsenal has transformed from a club lacking belief to a hungry unit, but still without a major trophy. This transformation has been driven by a combination of tactical innovation, the integration of young talent, and a renewed sense of purpose and unity within the squad. Arteta’s emphasis on a high-pressing game and fluid attacking movements has revitalized the team's playing style, making them a formidable opponent in the Premier League.

Captain Martin Ødegaard expressed the mixed feelings at Emirates Stadium on Sunday when he spoke to the fans after the final whistle. His words resonated with a fan base that has seen their team come tantalizingly close to glory, only to fall short at the last hurdle.

"I think we are all a bit disappointed," Ødegaard acknowledged. "We have been fighting for our big dream for so long. And we were so close. I am proud of the boys, of the team, of the fans. I am proud of the progress we are making. We have changed the club and I think you all believe in us now."

The emotional connection between the players and the supporters has been a cornerstone of Arsenal's resurgence. The fans have witnessed a new era under Arteta, marked by the emergence of young stars like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli, who have all played crucial roles in the team's success this season. These players, combined with the experience of seasoned professionals, have created a balanced and dynamic squad capable of challenging the very best.

Looking ahead, Arsenal's ambitions are clear. The club aims to build on this season's achievements and continue their pursuit of silverware. The near-miss in the league title race has only fueled their determination to go one step further. Arteta's vision for the future is one of sustained success, where Arsenal not only competes but dominates at the highest levels of football.

As the team prepares for the next season, the lessons learned from this campaign will be invaluable. The experience of pushing Manchester City to the wire has instilled a belief that Arsenal can compete with the elite. With the right additions to the squad and a continued focus on development and improvement, the Gunners are poised to reclaim their place at the summit of English football.