ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta has dismissed the idea that Arsenal need to copy Liverpool to win the Premier League.
The Gunners have been in a major rebuilding of the club both behind the scenes and on the pitch for some years in order to bring back Premier League success – something they haven’t seen since 2004.
Talk to sky sportsArteta highlighted Liverpool’s project for comparison but revealed they were unable to copy the Reds.
He said: “There are things you can try to compare, and you can recognize how other clubs have gone through these processes and phases of a project, like Liverpool.
“But what the league was like six years ago and what the league is today is completely different. We have to focus on what we want to do and how we’re going to execute it, and don’t look too far.”
Their plan will start in the transfer market with a desperate need to strengthen both the first XI and the depth of the squad.
Arsenal are expected to move at least five players this summer, with two forwards, a central midfielder and a pair of targeted full-backs.
A number of players are also expected to be sold or allowed to leave.
Arteta added: “I don’t think we’re in a position where we can do that, so we have to find other ways to do that.
“Liverpool have also improved their players enormously, which is as important as bringing in players. And then the ones you buy, [it’s important] that they can have an immediate impact.
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“We want to strengthen the squad, we want to strengthen the starting XI, and that’s what we’re going to look to do.”
Arteta has brought them back into contention for a top-four finish and Champions League football this season.
However, to do so they will have to overcome tough tests at West Ham and Tottenham later this season.
However, injuries to Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney made those matches even more difficult.
Arteta said: “We have a very short squad and we knew that at the start, especially after what happened in the January transfer window.
“Obviously we didn’t expect these long-term injuries to come at the same time, but now the team has found a way to try to compete, play well and win football games.”