Arsenal a great distance from being title contenders, says Arteta

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Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta is happy along with his workforce’s begin to the Premier League campaign however believes the north London membership have an extended solution to go earlier than they are often thought of title contenders. Arsenal completed eighth last season, 43 factors behind champions Liverpool, however have made a robust begin to the brand new campaign with two wins.

Arteta’s facet opened with a 3-Zero victory over promoted Fulham earlier than battling to a 2-1 win over London rivals West Ham United on Saturday.

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“I think we are very far from where we want to be,” the 38-year-old Spaniard stated. “But I think if you ask any manager in the Premier League if they are happy with the way everything is going now for the team, it is probably no.”

“We had a super mini pre-season and we are still adapting some things and some players are still not 100% fit either. But it’s great to start winning and to have six points already and to find ways to keep winning.”

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, who scored the opener towards West Ham, has been linked with a proceed away from the Emirates however Arteta remained tight-lipped over the Frenchman’s future.

“He’s a player I’m really happy with. I think we’ve shown him a lot of faith since I arrived here. But we cannot start any speculation. We know that any player who is under two years of their contract is always going to be talked about,” Arteta stated.

“We haven’t started any negotiations over a new contract. We have a lot of things still to do in this market and at the moment we are focusing on those things.”

Arsenal face Leicester City within the League Cup on Wednesday.

[Attribution HT.]

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