Mikel Arteta: Arsenal's overhaul must be 'ruthless'

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal's overhaul must be 'ruthless'

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the club's overhaul must be 'ruthless' with the team's most disappointing seasons in recent memory nears an end.

Arsenal's dream of winning the Europa League and eventually secure European football next season fizzled after being knocked out by Villarreal. The European football for the Gunners is now all but out of reach as they currently sit ninth on the log in the Premier League standings. 

"This year is not year one," Arsenal boss Arteta said of the club's project.

"I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon if we do what we have to do. But we have to be ruthless. We cannot be crying and stuck on what we don’t have. We have to see what we do have and maximize it to get what we want."

"I want to share the pain that we are all feeling. [The fans] have been incredible with the team and incredible with me since I arrived and I have to show my appreciation first of all."

"I know their disappointment. We are here to give them joy, to give them moments where they can feel proud of what we do. We were able to do that last season and we haven’t this season. We are the ones who have to give them something to cheer about. I don’t think it is time for us to demand anything from them."

The north London side finished eighth in the Premier League last season, their lowest finish since 1995, and this season they sit ninth with just four games remaining.

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