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Arteta explains why Arsenal are still ‘very far’ from his vision

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The Gunners boss admitted his side still has a long way to go ahead of their latest Premier League match this weekend.

Mikel Arteta has confessed the current Arsenal team is still ‘very, very far’ from being his own, and that improvements are required across the pitch to reach their expected level of performance.

The London side have enjoyed an upturn in form recently, having won seven of their last 12 league games, and defeated Leicester City 3-1 last weekend. Inconsistency and creating scoring opportunities, however, have cost them points.

Arsenal now head to Burnley on Saturday afternoon in a lowly 10th-place in the Premier League and still a long way off from being a team Arteta views as his own.

“Very far. Very, very far,” said the Gunners coach as quoted on Goal.

“There’s still a lot to improve, a lot of quality to add. [We need to be] much more efficient in decision-making, much quicker to open situations up when advantages are there, many more situations to feel when advantages are obtained.

“More control of games, more defensive actions in the opponent’s half, fewer giveaways in our own half, more clean sheets. There’s a lot to do – more goals to score, more creativity. A lot to do.

“When you look at the league table it is not acceptable. We are Arsenal Football Club and we should be nowhere near here. If somebody is happy with that, he is in the wrong place.”