Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal‘s league position is unacceptable and has warned that anyone in the Gunners camp who is happy right now is at the wrong club.
Asked if his expectations are higher, Arteta said: ‘Absolutely. When you look at the league table it’s not acceptable where we are.
Mikel Arteta has made it known that he finds Arsenal’s current league position ‘unacceptable’
‘We are Arsenal Football Club and we should be nowhere near here and if somebody is happy with that they are in the wrong place.’
Arteta admitted they are ‘very far’ from where he wants the team to be, adding that there is remains ‘a lot to do’.
Though he believes Arsenal are on the right track, he suggests the amount of rebuilding that is required in the summer is a further sign of how much catching up they still need to do.
The Gunners are 10th in the table and presently sit 10 points off the top four with 12 games left
He said: ‘We are planning what’s going to happen in the summer. It will depend on where we finish, how we finish.
‘What we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature.
‘To do the number of transactions that we have to make, it tells you as well where we are. I think it was very much needed and if you want to improve, you want to do that. It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.
‘Externally it means acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let’s see what the last few months can bring to the club.’
Meanwhile, Jack Cork could add to Burnley’s injury worries for Saturday’s game. The midfielder played with a hamstring problem in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester and must be assessed along with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady, who are being nursed back to full fitness.
Jack Cork could add to Burnley’s injury worries for Saturday’s game against the Gunners
Striker Ashley Barnes remains out.
Arsenal will be hoping to have Emile Smith Rowe available.
The attacking midfielder suffered a muscular injury in the 3-1 win at Leicester last weekend.