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Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal are still ‘a few windows’ away from challenging for the Premier League title.
The Gunners currently sit 14th in the table after four wins from their opening ten matches.
Arteta guided Arsenal to an eighth-placed finish last term and is now targeting a top-four finish to return the club to the Champions League.
The Gunners strengthened their midfield in the summer window with the £45 million signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
But Arteta is keen for Arsenal to strengthen further before they can consider a push for the top. Asked how far away Arsenal are from being Premier League title challengers, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘That [will] take a few windows at least to do that.
‘To establish yourself to compete at the level of certain clubs in this league, which is nearly 100 points, it takes time.
‘In football, time is very precious and people are very impatient.
‘But if you don’t respect the processes and you ask certain people to do certain things when the foundations are not there, it’s a really dangerous thing to do.
‘I know we all want to see Arsenal at the top of the league. My only intention every time is to prepare the football match. Where we get, time will tell. There’s still a lot of things that are going to happen.
‘We have to prepare for difficult moments. We knew that right from the start because it’s not something that has happened in the last year – it has happened many years in the past.
‘To flick that into a league with 38 games, that’s a big challenge. But we’re all ready.’