LONDON: Mikel Arteta has warned Arsenal that they need to be “much better” next season as they face their first campaign without European football in 25 years.
Arteta’s side ended the season with a 2-0 win over Brighton thanks to two goals from Nicolas Pepe in the second half at the Emirates Stadium.
However, it is not enough to qualify for Europe when he is eighth in the Premier League.
Arsenal could qualify for the newly introduced Europa Conference League as a reflection of the declining status experienced by the north London club.
In his first season, Arteta failed to prevent the decline in performance experienced since last year under Arsene Wenger.
“When I was with the team a few months ago and they are at the moment, regardless of the results, we are in a better place and can be in a better place and be able to bring the club to the desired place,” Arteta said.
“It’s disappointing because last season with 61 points we (could finish it) in fifth place, now we’re eighth and that’s a move we have to identify.
“The level is already too high, so the only way to do it is to be much better next season and more consistent and this is the challenge that awaits us.”