Granit Xhaka says it could be four years before Arsenal are able to compete at the same level as Liverpool but he’s confident a return to the Champions League is achievable this season.
The European champions made light work of beating the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday as a brace from Mohamed Salah helped Jurgen Klopp’s men to a deserved 3-1 victory.
While the Gunners put up a decent fight in the first half, the gap in quality between the two sides was clear for all to see.
Ahead of Sunday’s North London derby, Xhaka held up the Reds as an example of what can be achieved when a squad stays together.
“We know they have been working together for three or four years,” said the Swiss.
“We had new staff last year, we are improving our way and we need some time as well.
“With Liverpool, the first Premier League season with Klopp was not the best. You can see how they’ve improved and how it can work if you are together more than three or four years.
“They are a good example of where we can be in three or four years but we want to make a good season this year and be back in the top four.”
He added: “We lost the game [at Anfield]. You can lose a game [sometimes] and we are not the only team that have lost there. I don’t think it was a bad game for us.
“We were good defensively, very strong. The first goal killed us a little bit before half-time but it’s the past and we want to speak about the future. We have had a great week and we know how big the game on Sunday is.”