Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal may need more new signings to close the gap between themselves and the top sides in the Premier League.
Arsenal beat Premier League champions Liverpool on penalties to win the 2020 Community Shield ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, but Arteta believes there is still plenty of work to be done in the coming weeks and months.
Arsenal celebrate their win / Poll / Getty Images
Per the Guardian , the Arsenal head coach challenged his team to find some consistency next season: “I’m sure we’re closing the gap but it’s one thing to do it in a short period of time, and another It is to be able to maintain. 10 months”.
He added that Arsenal are heading in the ‘right direction’ but are still looking to strengthen their squad: “We are trying to improve our balance in some positions in the market and improve quality as well. .
“My biggest fight at this club is to convince the players that we can fight with these clubs in the long term, and that they are better than what they showed last year.”
Arteta praised Klopp’s change in his side’s mentality ahead of the clash with Liverpool, revealing: “He had a lot of respect for Liverpool but he really wanted to go for it and he believed he could win another trophy. Can win. And from the first minute they showed quality. And courage on the pitch.”
Arteta discusses Aubameyang’s future and is confident he will stay at Arsenal/Pool/Getty Images
Arsenal took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after 12 minutes, but Takumi Minamino’s equalizer for the Reds saw the final go to penalties, where the Gunners won 5-4 thanks to Aubameyang’s winner. It was a positive performance from the north London side, who once again looked much improved and lifted a second piece of silverware under Arteta – who won the FA Cup last season.
Speaking about his star striker, Arteta revealed that he expects Aubameyang to extend his stay at Arsenal and sign a new contract with the club immediately.