Mikel Arteta predicts how many points Arsenal will need to win the Premier League title this season
The Gunners saw their remarkable title challenge fall short last season with City sealing top spot with a five point advantage – the first of three trophies collected in their Treble campaign.
Arsenal and Tottenham led the champions at the top until last week when the north Londoners suffered defeats to Newcastle United and Chelsea respectively. City moved back to the summit with a thumping win over Bournemouth.
With just 11 games played, Arteta has reminded his players that the season is a marathon and not a sprint but has warned of the huge task at hand in maintaining pace with the current champions.
‘We cannot be looking at other teams when we have played 11 games,’ said Arteta.
‘This a long marathon and things are going to change and momentum is going to shift. But in this league, you’re going to need 96 to 100 points to win it.
‘When you’re going to get them is a different story, but this is the target.
‘In order to do that we’re going to have to play so well and win a lot of matches, more matches than this club has ever won before.’
City are the only side to have hit 100 points in Premier League history, hitting that number of the 2017-18 season.
Liverpool collected 99 in their title-winning season in 2020 with Arsenal’s record haul of 90 coming back in 2004.
Arsenal take on Burnley on Saturday afternoon, heading into that game as huge favourites with Vincent Kompany’s side struggling this season having won just one game.
‘We know that we have to win it,’ Arteta said.
‘But you cannot focus on the outcome, you have to focus on the process and how we‘re going to prepare to give our best and deserve to win the game. Then the result will take care of itself.’
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