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Mikel Arteta: Wenger gives Arsenal advantage

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Arsenal midfielder and vice-captain Mikel Arteta believes that keeping manager Arsene Wenger whilst other teams around them have replaced their old managers will give them an advantage next season in the title race.

The Gunners finished fourth last season after having an impressive final ten games, in which they won eight of them, but they were left miles behind rivals Manchester United, who eventually won the title.

However, the three teams above Arsenal from last years campaign have all changed their managers for the new season and Arteta believes this gives the Gunners an advantage over their rivals.

United have replaced retiring Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes, whilst Manchester City have sacked Roberto Mancini and replaced him with Manuel Pellegrini.

As for Chelsea, Rafael Benitez finally ended his time at Stamford Bridge and he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Wenger is now entering his 17th season with Arsenal and Arteta believes this is a massive advantage for the club.

"We hope so," he told Arsenal's official website. "When you bring in a new manager, you bring new ideas and you need to adapt, so if we can catch them [our rivals] early and get a good start - which we've not done in the last few years - then we're going to have a chance.

"We're going to get well prepared for the start of the season and we want to start winning the games as soon as we can.

"It will be unbelievable to win trophies. We really enjoy playing with this club so imagine if we are able to win trophies.

"I don't think we're that far away. The fact that we haven't won one for eight years makes it harder mentally to believe. But that's what we need to do."

"We're at a massive club where there is a responsibility to win trophies. It makes me more motivated. We've got a stronger squad and I think we should be much closer this time."

Arteta was also looking back over last season and he revealed that losing to Blackburn Rovers was the lowest point of the campaign.

"That was a cup we felt we could win," he said. "We had a chance to win that cup, we were really disappointed and we should have done better. There was a lot of faith that we could do it.

"But moments like that are what you need to improve on. It makes you think and it makes you realise you are not as good as you think you are."

 

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