Arsenal season unacceptable, says Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has branded the Gunners’ season so far as unacceptable, with the club struggling to break into the top four of the Premier League, eliminated early from both the League Cup and the FA Cup and facing an exit from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Arteta said: “After winning, it’s hard to go to not winning. There’s only a few trophies: after the championship, the FA Cup, the Champions League. There are so many clubs, so much competition, it’s tough. But with 10 games to go it’s an impossible catch and that, for me, is not acceptable.

Arsenal play Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League second round fixture on Wednesday, the North London club trailing 3-1 from the first leg after goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic. Lukas Podolski, the former Bayern forward, pulled a goal back for Arsenal.

We can’t be in that position,” Arteta went on, adding: “Because we have the best basic structure I’ve ever seen at a football club, great philosophy, good players, we’ve got financial backing to do whatever we want, unbelievable crowds for the stadium. Let’s go for it!

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