Mikel Arteta knows what Arsenal must fix to compete with Liverpool and Man City

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Mikel Arteta knows how to get his side to the next level next season.

 

Mikel Arteta knows that Arsenal must ramp up their goalscoring numbers if they want to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool next season.

 

The Gunners endured a torrid start to their 2021/22 Premier League campaign, losing to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City – failing to score a single goal in the process. However, the north London outfit have since turned things around, winning 17 of the next 25 league outings.

 

Arteta’s side now sit fourth in the table, three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have played one more league match than their local rivals. Arsenal have enjoyed a solid season defensively, registering 12 league clean sheets – already equalling what they managed last term.

 

However, according to Arteta, they still need to improve in the final third. Speaking last week, he said: “To be with the top teams this season you need to score 90 to 100 goals at least. Somehow you need those goals in the team. Don’t ask me how, but you need them.

 

“They have to come. That contribution, how it’s done and how possible it is to happen, you have to find the right pieces to do it. But it’s a non-negotiable.” He added: “You look at the Barcelona team that won six titles; they scored 100 goals for three years.

 

“If you don’t need that then you need to have 30 clean sheets.” The former City assistant coach continued: “In the last 11 games if we can score 11 goals and concede zero we’re going to win 11 games.

 

Or we can score 35 and concede, and we’re still going to have 33 points. But in a very different way.”

 

As Twitter user Orbinho pointed out, the Gunners have never managed to score 90 times in a single Premier League campaign, netting 87, 85 and 83 in the 2004/05, 2002/03 and 2009/10 seasons, respectively.

 

Comparatively, eight teams have scored more than 90 in a season – something that Liverpool are currently on track to manage this term, finding the back of the net on 75 occasions already.

 

Arsenal will be looking to dip into the transfer market this summer as they look to score more next season and football.london understands that technical director Edu may target two centre-forwards. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to leave the club in the January window, whilst both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are into the final four months of their deals at the Emirates Stadium.