Arsenal finishing below Tottenham is the least of Arteta’s concerns

Arsenal can no longer finish above their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

After Arsenal’s frustrating loss to Aston Villa, despite their incredible form of late, they can no longer finish above Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. Sitting tenth in the table, the highest we can possibly finish now is eighth, but even that relies on other results going our way.

This is a common theme of the last few seasons, sure, but it’s not something that Arteta will be entirely concerned about. The new Gunners manager wants to revamp the club and turn them into the giants they once were, solely focusing on finishing above Tottenham is a mentality that we as supporters must scrap.

Yes, it’s annoying to see Tottenham finishing above us in the table, but if that’s their only achievement this season, then let them have their joy. We must focus on the FA Cup final since it is still a chance to win silverware and qualify for European competition.

Let’s not forget, either, that Tottenham haven’t won a trophy for 12 years so if we are still to win trophies during the transition stage of our club, then this a much bigger flex than league finishing.

Truth is, Mikel Arteta is a serious manager. He has one thing and one thing on his mind; progress. He cares deeply about this club and it can be seen in the immense progress he’s made already, both on and off the pitch. A busy transfer window will see the squad improve even more, he just needs financial backing from Mr Kroenke.

So, what I’m saying is that it’s time to let go of the bitter competition with Spurs. The reality is, by falling into that trap then the only competition we have is ourselves. Progress is a marathon and not a sprint, so Arteta is going to look at steadily increasing the league position until he reaches his final destination, which fans can only hope is the top.

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