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Revealed: Arteta's assessment of the 20/21 season

The 2020/21 season will go down in history as arguably the most unique and disrupted in Premier League history.

So, as we head into the final game on Sunday with a chance of sealing a European spot, how does Mikel Arteta look back at the campaign as a whole?

"In the league we have two more points than last season, but it’s nowhere near where we want to be," our manager said.

"The fact that we don’t have a title so close to grab because we’re not in the Europa League final makes it difficult to see more positives.

"But we were knocked out in the last-16 of the Europa League last season and a lot of things have been done that were very necessary in this season that are not related to results. But at the end of the day, we are here to win."

Recently a form guide has circulated on social media showing that we are second in the table in terms of the last 23 games - but Arteta insists he expects much more over the entire campaign.

"Yes, it is very good but the league is played over 38 games," he said.

"But at least it shows that we are able to do it and when we have a little bit more of a normal context, more normal situations, I am very positive about what we can do, but at the end of the day we are judged on what we have done over the whole season and it is not, for sure, where we want to be.

"There's a lot of things from September to December that are contributing to that [dip in form in November]. I don't believe it was just one issue. There were a lot of things in that period.

"This is my job: to identify, to be very critical with myself first and then try to analyse and find out why things happened. Whether that's negative or positive. If it's positive, let's keep doing a lot of the good things that we are doing."

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