Mikel Arteta has described this season as “not acceptable” for a club with Arsenal’s ambition. Knocked out in the early rounds of both domestic cups, and trailing Premier League leader Manchester United by 24 points with 10 games to go, Arsenal’s last remaining hope for a trophy lies with the UEFA Champions League. But the Gunners head to Munich on Wednesday to play Bayern with a 3-1 deficit after the first-leg.
In an interview, Arteta described the runaway Bundesliga leader as the best team the Gunners have played this season. "They are very strong physically, some very talented players who can unlock the door at any moment and they are really solid and organized. They are tough. They are the most consistent team in Europe."
Arteta also urged the Arsenal board to strengthen the squad next season. "The line between being good and bad is really thin,” the Spaniard said. “It's not easy for anyone, not the manager, the players or the staff. We have a very good team but we are missing that little thing which makes a difference.” He added: “With 10 games to go, it's an impossible catch (the title chasers) and that, for me, is not acceptable. I think everybody knows that. I think the board knows that and hopefully this summer we'll do something about it."