Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has warned rivals that we’re aiming for the big trophies in the upcoming season after back-to-back FA Cup triumphs, and noted the welcome transition the club has experienced, Goal reports.
Arteta is currently away with the squad in Singapore, although it emerged that he’s still nursing the calf injury which troubled him for much of the campaign last season (via the Daily Mail).
However, the Spaniard is excited about our future and has insisted that focus among the group remains high and fixated on the end goal.
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“The energy here is very good, it’s positive,” Arteta told Goal.
“We can sense that something has changed in the last few seasons, so we are looking forward to getting ready and to start performing again.
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“We need to use all of those elements to keep moving forwards and aim for bigger trophies. That’s what we’re looking for now.”
Arteta resembles a player who will be more crucial off the pitch than he’ll be on it, with his body seemingly not able to keep up with the physical demands of top-level sport.
If his huge surgery fails to rectify his chronic calf problems, it will be baffling as to why Arsene Wenger was so keen to hand him a contract extension.
If Arteta can stay fit, the 33-year-old can conserve all his energy into aiding the first team squad to a potential title challenge.