Arteta explains title mindset as Arsenal sits top of the Premier League table and the prospect of battling Manchester City
Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are not getting carried away by their fine start to the season and the prospect of battling Manchester City for the Premier League title.
After eight games, Arsenal sit top of the table and have lost only once this season.
A 3-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday kept Arsenal in the first place, with City closing the gap to one point yesterday by defeating Manchester United 6-3.
Arteta’s side are next in action on Thursday, when they host Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League, before taking on Liverpool at the weekend.
However, Arteta insists the Gunners are keeping their feet on the ground and paying no attention to their lofty standing.
“It’s great always looking at it and seeing the club where it is, in this position,” said Arteta. “It’s great, it gives you a great feeling obviously.
“But we are focused. It is a really hungry and humble team, believe me. We know where we are.
“There is nothing that we have done yet, and there are still a lot of things to improve, and that’s the direction that we are taking.
“We are just at the start, and we are really happy with where we are, and understanding that you cannot control [everything].”
Ramsdale also weighed on the matter being wary about people getting carried away, with the Gunners facing eight more matches this month during a busy period.
“You lot are thinking about that, we are just going into every game with a big smile on our face trying to win the game,” said Ramsdale.
“When we win, we celebrate and if we don’t then we evaluate it and go again.
“We’re a young team and literally we are going into a game trying to enjoy ourselves and winning. Then we’ll see where that takes us.
“This month before the World Cup we have three different competitions, which we want to win in every single one of them, and then we will see where we are at the break because at the end of the day we want to win trophies.
“But we’re eight games in. Something always happens with the likes of Man City. A few years ago they were 14th at Christmas and went on some crazy run.
“We’re just loving the journey at the minute and long may that continue.”