Arteta admits Arsenal still need to get to Man City’s level – Are we 5 years behind?

Arsenal has been outstanding this season. Before Manchester City knocked them off the top of the Premier League table, Arteta had found a way to get his team to win after win until this latest blip, dismantling some of the league’s teams who took them lightly. Some Gooners believe they have arrived at the pinnacle, but have they?

The Man City star Bernado Silva believes it is too soon for Arsenal to think they have reached their peak. The Portuguese hint at this by comparing Arsenal’s play to Manchester City’s five years ago.

“Arsenal have a great team with a lot of energy,” said Silva, as quoted by the Sun.

“We will fight until the end, knowing that we are going to fight against a very tough side that reminds me of us five years ago.

“They’re so young, they’re so good, their energy is so nice.

“But we are here and want to win again. We know it’s not going to be easy but we will fight.

“We have struggled this season to get to that winning run, winning three, four games and then losing one. It’s quite disappointing.

“Hopefully we get to that run and finish this season in the best possible way.

“I think it is going to go up until the end.”

Saying Arsenal aren’t there yet will enrage many Gooners, but don’t you think Arteta and his team are just getting started? Even the Arsenal boss recently admitted: “The challenge is to get to that level (of Manchester City)… This is where we want to be. And we are heading towards it.”

Who would have guessed a year ago (this time) that the Gunners would be fighting for the Premier League title? There may be too much optimism about Arsenal’s chances this season, but wherever they have found themselves, they have done many Gooners proud, and there is a clear indication of better days ahead.

Daniel O


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  1. I dont think we’re 5 years behind them in terms of contending for titles, having a squad like there’s I would say definitely.

    The reality, Citeh have an embarrassment of riches to call upon, in terms of their finances and their squad depth. They have a squad that is worth over a billion quid, experienced and has depth. The fact that we can compete with them and force them to time waste is testament to how far we’ve come.

    Arsenal’s current issue or next step as we found out Wednesday is:

    a) Getting players of a higher level who’s technical ability is through the roof

    b) Allowing a crop of 21-23 year olds get to their peak years from 25-32 and keeping them at the club whilst adding qualities in point A above.

    We all saw it Wednesday, experience and technical ability lost us that game. Being streetwise and sensible, not trying to over complicate situations. Like a certain defender did on 3 occasions like he always does. Almost giving away a penalty, passing to no-one for the 2nd goal and ball watching instead of getting tighter to Haaland for the 3rd.

    Bent and Abonglahor said it spot on about Gabriel he’s got a mistake in him and we’ve seen plenty and he’s too emotional in the big games. I completely agree with this, he’s a no nonsense defender and he’s trying to be something he’s not and trying to be the ball playing CB. I’m not saying change the CB partnership yet but it has to be close with Kiwor looking to take up his place next to Saliba.

    Then the other issue depth, we look so different without Partey and Jesus. We have not been the same team since the world cup and losing Jesus he adds smething unfortunately Eddie will never be able too. Its no coincidence since his abscence Saka Martinelli and Odegaard are not hitting the heights of pre world cup. We all know what we miss and particularly what Odegaard misses when Party doesn’t play.

    We’re on a journey that needs restart today against Villa cause 1pt in 3 games is not league winners form, 1 pt in four will all but confirm it. We need to get 3pts clear again today and put the pressure back on City their eyes may be on CL next week so let’s give them some priorities before that and take advantage

  2. Arteta should have switch tactics, because Pep change to longballs after seeing man-mark Arsenal’s tactics.
    Imagine at 1-1 we should have taken a point rather than nothing!

  3. I think he meant five Yrs in terms of age, city players were younger and energetic 5yrs ago just like present Arsenal. What’s their not to understand

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