Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal need “a few transfer windows at least” to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December 2019 and has already led Arsenal to FA Cup and Community Shield glory in his first year at the helm, but the Gunners have not won the top-flight in 14 years, last achieved by Arsene Wenger in 2004.
Even though Arteta has brought some new faces to the Emirates – such as £45m midfielder Thomas Partey and £27m defender Gabriel Magalhaes – the Spaniard feels the north London club are still some way off before fighting for the domestic title.
Asked if his side can win the Premier League as things stand, Arteta said: “That (will) take a few windows at least to do that. To establish yourself to compete at the level of certain clubs in this league, which is nearly 100 points, it takes time.
“In football, time is very precious and people are very impatient. But if you don’t respect…