Mikel Arteta laughs off forgotten Arsenal achievement that was ignored in press conference

Arsenal are still in the battle for the Premier League title race – something that seemed highly unlikely when Mikel Arteta first took charge of the Gunners

Mikel Arteta speaking at a press conference at London Colney(2024 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)

If you’re wondering how many points Arsenal need to at least salvage Champions League football, don’t bother.

The days of the north Londoners mooching around by the VIP entrance, hoping to scramble for a late pass into the elite European competition are over, under Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal boss chuckled at the training ground on Friday as he reflected on the achievement passing under the radar with the focus on their slim title hopes.

Insisting there is more to come from the team that has fought for a top four place and two titles in the last three seasons, he said: “Nobody has even asked about us qualifying for the Champions League! Not a single question!

“Now the only focus is on winning the Premier League. So next season, what is it going to be?

“These are the demands. This is how we live in this world. It is about now, what you have done and what else we have not done?

“The question now is what else?” What do we have to do now? What have you done? “Champions League football is taken for granted.”

Arsenal host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon aiming to pile scoreboard pressure onto defending Champions Manchester City, one point behind with a game in hand. The Gunners have won 25 top-flight games this season, one short of equaling the club’s Premier League record for a single campaign.

Arsenal can pile on the pressure on Manchester City this weekend(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

They also have the best defense and the best attack with 85 goals this season, scoring more on only two occasions in Premier League history. City will lift the title if they win their remaining games, however, a fact that brings Arteta down to earth as he toasts the latest stage of his team’s progress.