Arsenal the latest gossip

Up The Gunners


Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have financial power to compete for Premier League title

Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal have the financial strength to be able to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Midfielder Arteta is in contention to be in the squad for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on Saturday having been sidelined since November with an ankle injury.

The Gunners, who finished third in the Premier League behind Chelsea and Manchester City this season, can win the Cup for the second time in a row this weekend and Arteta believes the club is well positioned to win more silverware in the coming years.

"The ambitions I think are going to be different for next season," the 33-year-old said. "The base, the squad, the quality we have is better than we had last year.

"I think the club is in a strong position as well to push, because financially it's in a very good position.

"I think it's the right moment. We have all the elements to move forward, to be challenging.

"I think we need to be demanding, because I think we have the ability and what it takes to go ahead and set bigger targets.

"We know the challenge is there and I think we have all the elements to go and progress again."

Last season's FA Cup final defeat of Hull ended a nine-year wait for silverware for the Gunners, and Arteta wants further success.

He said: "Such a long time at this club without winning trophies was was a big lorry (load) to carry behind your back.

"We have to create some momentum now and to do that there's no better way than to win trophies and set some high standards.

"That's what we're looking for. We have progressed from last year and we're going to keep going.

"I can't see anything stopping that happening. It's only down to us."

Whether Arteta is part of the future at Arsenal remains to be seen.

He stated his wish to stay at the Emirates Stadium, but was coy on his future, with his contract expiring this summer.

"I would love to (stay), yes," he said. "We're both very clear what we want and we will announce something after the final.

"It's been a strange season for me since November. With my injury I've had some really tough times, but I have learned a lot.

"It's been nice as well to see things out of the barrier and having a different input from outside, instead of having it on the field.

"But my aim is to be on the pitch as much as I can and that's what I'm working for. Everybody wants to be involved in a final and what that means.

"I've been training with the team. It's up to the manager to decide what he wants to do. I will respect any decision."

 Subscribe to Arsenal news in a reader

Headlines for Arsenal this week

        Latest Arsenal Fixtures               Latest Arsenal Results                 Latest Table

  • Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have financial power to compete for Premier League title

  • Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal have the financial strength to be able to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

  • Arsene Wenger keen to focus on future ahead of FA Cup final

  • Arsene Wenger will continue to look to the future, rather than reflect on past glories, if Arsenal can win his sixth FA Cup in Saturday's final with Aston Villa.

  • FA Cup final preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa at Wembley

  • Arsenal will be aiming to become the most successful team in the history of the FA Cup when they face Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

  • Wojciech Szczesny slams 'idiotic' dad on eve of FA Cup final

  • Wojciech Szczesny has interrupted his FA Cup final preparations to distance himself from his father's latest "idiotic comments".

  • Aaron Ramsey: FA Cup win can spark Arsenal trophy run

  • Aaron Ramsey wants to spare Arsenal supporters' nerves by winning the FA Cup inside 90 minutes on Saturday.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Ki move for Arsenal

  • Arsenal are targeting Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, while Bournemouth and Wolves are battling it out for the signature of Dwight Gayle.

  • Rumours in the Press: Gunners close on Martinez

  • Arsenal are closing in on Porto striker Jackson Martinez in what will be a £24.7m deal, while Liverpool remain favourites for Danny Ings.

  • Mathieu Flamini: Arsenal's FA Cup bid comes before my future

  • Mathieu Flamini says his focus is on Arsenal's bid to retain the FA Cup rather than his own lack of playing time.

  • Chris Coleman believes Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey can play anywhere in midfield

  • Wales manager Chris Coleman can understand why Arsene Wenger has used Aaron Ramsey out wide but admits it is not something he would do.

  • Arsenal's Danny Welbeck out of FA Cup final and England squad

  • Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of the FA Cup final and England's upcoming games after failing to recover from a knee injury.

    Add Your Comments on the Story