Soccer-Arsenal will "keep knocking" until they win Premier League title - Arteta


Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Everton - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - May 19, 2024 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the lap of appreciation after the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his side should not be satisfied with second place in the Premier League and vowed that the Gunners would keep pushing until they win the title.

Arsenal chased Manchester City all the way to the finishing line but for the second straight season had to make do with the runners-up spot despite a 2-1 home win over Everton on Sunday.

They would have had to become the first team in the Premier League era to grab the title on the final day after not starting it as leaders but Arteta said the club should not be content despite being proud of his players for running City so close.

"They (Arsenal's players) have done an incredible job and they have pushed every limit, every margin that we could find to try to win this Premier League," the Spaniard told reporters.

"Unfortunately it was a bit short and we could not deliver the big prize that we wanted because you can feel it that they are desperate for it."

Speaking to the crowd after the Everton game at The Emirates, Arteta, who was City boss Pep Guardiola's deputy for four years before taking charge at his former club Arsenal, vowed that they would keep pushing and win the title.

Expanding on that he later told reporters he could not say when that might come but that there was a fierce desire.

"We are on the right trajectory now so we need really to put the teeth and bite into it because we really want more."

Arteta said his team should also be proud because they were battling with City, who he described as "the best team in the history of the Premier League by far".

City beat visiting West Ham United 3-1 on Sunday to claim a record fourth straight premier league title.

CRUCIAL MOMENTS

To come out on top next season Arteta said his key players would need to be available in all the crucial moments and that performance levels would have to ratchet even higher.

This year's push had been one of extremely fine margins too.

He pointed to how Arsenal were well on top in the first half of a fixture they lost to Aston Villa last month and that London rivals Tottenham Hotspur spurned a golden chance to equalise when they were 1-0 down late in the game with City on Tuesday.

To win the title, however, Arsenal would have to make sure they do not have to rely on others.

"If we do what we have to do we are going to be closer and at the end we will win it," Arteta said.

"When I don't know, but if we keep knocking and come that close, in the end it will happen."

Arteta's side began the day needing a win and for City to fail to beat West Ham if they were to lift their first league title for 20 years -- a scenario that always looked unlikely.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard also said the team were deflated not to have grabbed the title this term and stressed the desire to make amends next season.

"I think we're all a little bit disappointed ... We've been fighting so long for the big dream," he explained.

"But at the same time I am so proud. We are in a good way, we were closer than last year, but now we have to use the break and come back even stronger and even more hungry and we are going to push and win everything".

(Reporting by Marc Jones; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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