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Mikel Arteta delivers Champions League challenge to Arsenal stars with season demand

Mikel Arteta claims it’s Champions League or bust for Arsenal this season and challenged his players to deliver.

The Gunners were left counting the cost of life outside Europe’s top club competition when they posted losses of £27m earlier this year.

And after staff redundancies and player wage cuts post-Covid, Arteta has now spelt out how important it is to return to the top table.

Ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool, he said: “It is fundamental for the future of this club to play in the Champions League every season.”

Arsenal finished ten points off a top-four finish last season in eighth place, and a massive 43 behind Premier League champions Liverpool.

Arteta has issued a Champions League challenge to his Arsenal players
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Gunners boss Arteta said: “We know how difficult it is in the Premier League at the moment with the teams around us.

“We need to make a lot of good decisions, put a lot of good work together, and make sure that we maximise all our resources on and off the field to try to achieve that.

“I don’t know how difficult it is going to be but I can assure you that my aim is only the top. I don’t see anything different.

“Where we are going to reach will depend on our preparation, our quality, our bit of luck and our momentum, how strong we are as a club, our opponents as well.

Arsenal are looking to build on the FA Cup success of last season
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“It will dictate that. But our aim has to be all the time to be the best or if not the best then the best we can be with the circumstances and context that we have.

“Let us see what we are capable of doing but I don’t want to take anything less than that.”

Arsenal were heavily criticised when they announced plans to make 55 staff redundant despite adding expensive signings like Willian to their squad.

Arteta said: “I…