Arteta calls for more ambition from Arsenal after close Premier League title chase


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called for more ambition and determination after the Gunners lost the Premier League title by two points on the final day of the season.

The North London outfit came from behind to defeat Everton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium but the result was ineffective as Manchester City defeated West Ham United 3-1 to win the title for the fourth season in a row.

It also marked back-to-back campaigns that Arsenal finished behind City on the table and Arteta wants to see his team move to the next level.

“It’s the only way, so now we are sitting there and they took it away from us. It is the second season so there’s only one way to do it, you have to be more determined, you have to be more ambitious, you need to have a lot of courage and push every limit and everything that we have, because that’s the next step,” the Spaniard told the club website.

When asked if the 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa cost Arsenal the title, Arteta said: “For sure, Aston Villa at home – in the first half we should’ve been 4-0 and maybe the story would be different, but what happened last Tuesday [Manchester City’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur], maybe today we are champions.

“The margins are so, so, so small and that’s the credit the club and the team should take because we are doing this against the best team in the history of the Premier League, by far.”

Arteta however believes his team will be able to win the Premier League in the near future.

“If we do what we have to do we’re going to be closer, and at the end we will win it, when? I don’t know, if we keep knocking and being that close at the end it will happen.”

Arsenal last won the Premier League in 2003-04 when they went the entire season unbeaten.

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