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Ivan Gazidis "not happy" with Arsenal's season

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Arsenal may have won their eighth consecutive Premier League match thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal at Burnley on Saturday, but this run of form taking them to second in the table is not enough for their top official.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis reacted to this sensational run of wins from Arsene Wenger's men by claiming that he was "not happy" with it and expects the side to keep pushing league leaders Chelsea until the bitter end.

However, he was positive about how far Wenger's men have come since the start of the season and appeared confident the current vein of form will continue. Gazidis also expects things to get better for the club as the squad progresses.

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"We are not happy but we are going to keep pushing to the end and see how far we can go," he said when asked to assess the season so far, according to the Daily Mirror.

"We are happy with the way the squad has developed and we are very focused how we can make a positive end to the season.

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"After that it will be a question of how can we progress the team further so that we can have an even better season next year. We have a squad that's clearly coming together. It's a relatively young squad so it will continue to improve."

Ramsey's strike in the 12th minute at Turf Moor had many thinking that the Gunners would rout the struggling Clarets, but it did not play out like that. Sean Dyche's men were resilient throughout and kept pressurising their opponents, though rarely threatened going forward.

What Are The Signs of Progress?

Progress is what the Arsenal board are looking for and there is space for it to happen this season, though it is yet to be confirmed. Finishing second and retaining the FA Cup would amount to progress from last season on paper, but it's more than that.

Wenger spoke of a new "balance" in his side that was fuelling their run of form, and it is this altering in the nature of Arsenal's play that should be encouraging. Even though they led the Premier League for most of last season, the Gunners never looked quite convincing enough.

A stuttering start to this campaign scuppered any hopes of another title tilt, but the may in which they have gone about their work since the turn of the year is very promising for next season.

The likes of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud are begging to play with a fluidity not seen in this part of north London for many a season. They are playing the best football in the league again and need to sustain it until May is the momentum can be carried into next season.

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