Mikel Arteta says he’s unhappy with Arsenal’s performances this season and says that the difference between the Gunners and rest is a cause of great frustration.
The Spaniard believes the gap between us and them isn’t that big, despite the points difference at the top of the table, and suggests that it’s a case that Arsenal are missing a little bit of magic in games to make things better.
Speaking in the Mirror, he said, “The gap is not that big. We have not been battered this season. We’ve not had many occasions where we’ve said, ‘They are much better than Arsenal.’
“Maybe the first half at Man United and for 25 minutes against Bayern Munich in the first half when they looked really comfortable. Apart from that, I haven’t felt like I have had to say, ‘Wow, they are much better than us.’ For me, that’s the most frustrating thing.
“We have a very good team but we are missing that little thing which makes a difference and that’s where we need to find the key.”
The former Everton man also delivered a stinging verdict on the season, saying the club has underperformed given its structure and standing.
“There’s only a few trophies: after the championship, the FA Cup, the Champions League. There are so many clubs, so much competition, it’s tough.
“But with 10 games to go it’s an impossible catch and that, for me, is not acceptable.
“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.
“We will never give up. If we do what we have to do, we can finish in the top four.
“Tottenham have some tough games to play and they will drop points. If they win 10 games in a row we will hold our hands up and say, ‘They deserve it.’ If they don’t, that’s when we can take advantage.”