Mikel Arteta has admitted that the new signings have strengthened Arsenal, but, at the same time, he has also said that it is a bit too early to compare this Arsenal side to the side that had lifted the Premier League trophy in 2004.
The Gunners have looked the best team in the ongoing Premier League so far. Their start was not the greatest as they had suffered defeat in their very first game against Wigan Athletic, but, after that, they turned things around in grand fashion. They won their next 5 league games on the trot and at this point of time, they are at the first position in the points table.
Not only the Gunners are going hammer and tongs in the Premier League games, they are doing the same in the matches of other tournaments too. Yesterday, they secured a convincing victory in a Champions League game against the Italian club Napoli. That was their second successive win in the Champions League.
In the press conference after that game, when Arteta was asked if he thinks this team is good enough to repeat what the team of 2004 had done, he said, “I wouldn’t say that we have got to that level, but, one thing is for sure that we are on the right path.”
“There is a close competition in the squad. All the guys know that they need to perform consistently; otherwise, they might end up getting dropped. So, everybody is working hard and trying to give 100%.”
When asked about the new signing Mesut Ozil who was the hero of Arsenal’s victory over Napoli, Arteta said, “We are fortunate to have got a player like him. His arrival has lifted the entire squad as well as the fans.”