Mikel Arteta forced to “seek excellence” when competing with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

Mikel Arteta is aiming to win this season’s Premier League title.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed how Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola serve as significant sources of inspiration for him as he aims to elevate his team back to the summit of English football.

Arteta attributes much of his success in steering Arsenal towards competitiveness and trophy contention to the influence of Klopp and Guardiola.

Feeling the weight of competition against these two esteemed coaches and aspiring to surpass them serves as a powerful driving force for Arteta.

Determined to guide Arsenal to Premier League glory, a feat that has eluded the club for over two decades, Mikel Arteta remains resolute in his ambitions.

Currently occupying the second spot in the table with two games remaining, Arsenal face a crucial fixture against Manchester United.

Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday afternoon pile more pressure on the Gunners to secure all three points at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arteta’s side will be reliant on Guardiola’s team slipping up against Tottenham, or West Ham to maintain their title aspirations.

Despite Arsenal’s impressive form, with just one defeat in their last 16 league matches and 14 victories, Arteta acknowledges that even such a strong run may not be sufficient.

He believes that Guardiola and Klopp continually set a high standard, challenging him to strive for excellence in his managerial endeavors.

“It’s a challenge but at the same time, it’s very inspiring,” Mikel Arteta said.

“When you have two of the best managers in the world [Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp] with two huge clubs, competing and facing them in their eyes and willing to be better than them, you learn from it. 

“You challenge yourself and seek excellence because it’s the only way to try to beat them.

“I would say that the fun has to be in trying to win, within that journey.

“You have to find space and perspective and it has to be driven.

“We are so lucky that we are fighting to win major trophies.

“The outcome is going to be decided by small details but with that journey you have to really embrace and enjoy the moment.

“We are improving. When you look at the numbers in position with the top teams, it’s really positive. 

“We are right in it with two games to go. We need to do what we have to do.

“We need to go to Old Trafford and perform really well to earn the right to win the game, and if we do that we’re going to be another step closer, but there’s still a lot to do.

“I’m just in a state at the moment where I just think how I have to feel right now to be in the best place to beat Manchester United. 

“I’m really enjoying the journey to win.

“We weren’t in this position for many years and we are right now and I think it’s our duty, our obligation, to really enjoy it, be the best we can be and see where it takes us.” 

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