It may take 100 points to stop Man City: Arteta

20 May,2024 06:35 AM IST |  London  |  AFP

“We are doing this against the best team in the history of the Premier League by far,” said Arteta, whose team managed 89 points this term

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Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal might need to amass 100 points to end Manchester City's dominance of the Premier League next season.

Arteta's side finished as runners-up to relentless City for a second successive season after falling just short on the final day. Arsenal's 2-1 win against Everton was rendered irrelevant by City's 3-1 victory against West Ham as Pep Guardiola's team took the title by two points.

City have won an unprecedented four consecutive titles and have been crowned champions six times in the last seven years. Arteta knows from personal experience that City's thirst for success is unlikely to be quenched by their latest triumph. The Spaniard served as Guardiola's assistant when they became the only team in the Premier League era to reach 100 points in 2017-18.

"We are doing this against the best team in the history of the Premier League by far," said Arteta, whose team managed 89 points this term.

"I was there when City did 100 points. This is what it takes. Nobody has to explain the level. In the last 15 to 20 years of the competition, the level was not like it is today. We are competing against an incredible team," he added.

Arsenal blew an eight-point lead in the title race in 2022-23, but this season they pushed City all the way to finish line, winning 16 and losing just one of their last 18 games. Even that wasn't enough and Arteta tipped his cap to City's incredible consistency.

"Congratulations to Manchester City. Unbelievable what we have done since December. Every performance has been the highest level we have seen and it wasn't enough," he said. "We have been pushing so hard. Unfortunately it was a bit short and we could not deliver the big prize."

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