Arteta predicts Arsenal title challenge

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Deadline day acquisition Mikel Arteta believes the Gunners can become legitimate title contenders this season.

The Spanish midfielder joined Arsenal just three days after the club were beaten 8-2 by Manchester United, falling eight points behind the current champions and their 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City.

Whilst Arteta recognises that those two look like the teams to beat in the Barclays Premier League this season, the former Everton star has no doubts that the club can pull that gap back during a long, hard season.

"Looking at the other teams, at Manchester United and City, both have nine points already but it is early stages. The season is very long with the Premier League, Carling Cup, Champions League and FA Cup. There is still a lot of work to do, but we want to start winning on Saturday and get that right," Arteta told the Arsenal Player.

"This club has to be there with them fighting until the very end, that is for sure. Nobody can be happy saying they are too good or have spent more money. We can fight, and I do not think that is the right mentality.

"We have unbelievable talent here and if we can use it the right way I am sure we can fight with them."

After a week of training with his new team-mates, Arteta is poised to make his debut for the Gunners this weekend when Swansea City make the trip to north London.


It's an exciting proposition for the 29-year-old, who is hopeful he can instantly slot into the Arsenal philosophy of playing attractive football for the fans.

"I can't wait to start playing. I can't wait to play at the Emirates, I think it's an unbelievable stadium. I'm so excited. I have always been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy, the way they play, the way they do the job, and it's always exciting watching. In England there is no better team to watch than Arsenal," he continued.

"Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch.

"But I have been watching a few videos and have got some work done before training and hopefully that will help me."

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