Mikel Arteta says his only objective is for Arsenal to ‘be the best’, and acknowledges that Liverpool’s progression under Jurgen Klopp is an example to follow, even if the situations are very different.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with the champions, the Arsenal boss says the club need to look at what they have done, but insists the Gunners need to find a way to replicate it in more challenging circumstances.
Finances have been massively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, and there’s the very real possibility we’ll be without European football next season for the first time in 25 years.
All of which makes the job a lot more difficult, but Arteta sounded clear about what he wants to do in the Emirates hot-seat.
“What they’ve done is phenomenal,” he said of Liverpool’s work over the last number of years.
“Obviously the first two years it took them some time to rebuild the squad and to create a new culture, a new philosophy, and a game model which suited the coach.
“Then they started to recruit every single player in relation to what they needed and that’s where I think they were really smart, because they bought a specificity in every position that was required to get strong.
“Obviously financially they had big, big backing, and made some big signings, which completely changed the club in my opinion.”
It was put to him that he needed to do a similar job at Arsenal, and was asked if he could envisage the Gunners being champions in a four year time frame.
“If am sitting here in four years time and tell you ‘we have done it’, I will be so happy,” said the Spaniard.
“But I know how many decisions have to be right; how much support you need from the club and the people around it; how much connection you have to generate with all your fans to have the full package.
“The context right now is different from what it was four years ago and the abilities of a club to rebuild something are more limited. It’s something we have to look at, how they did it, because it’s a great example.
“But we know we have to do it our way, with our resources, and having in mind the context is different … but we are heading to be the best, that is my only objective, and we have to find a way to do it.”