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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes winning the FA Cup and finishing eighth in the Premier League would not constitute a good season for Arsenal.

The Gunners are 10th heading into their final game of the season at home to relegation-threatened Watford.

A win could see them finish eighth yet Arsenal are again destined to finish below north London neighbours Tottenham.

They do have an FA Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to on August 1, but even if they lift the trophy for a record 14th time, Arteta will still not be pleased with the campaign.

"No. For me this club deserves the best and you have to be fighting for every title," said Arteta.

"Obviously after everything that happened, if we are able to win the final and qualify for Europe, we can say it's OK. But it's not the level for this football club."

Praised

The 38-year-old was appointed in December to replace U nai Emery and has been largely praised for some of the changes he has made since then.

But it has been the inability to establish a level of consistency - losing at Aston Villa on Tuesday after wins over Liverpool and Manchester City a perfect example - which Arteta feels has been the main issue.

"Because we haven't been consistent," he said when asked why Arsenal have underachieved.

"Because we obviously had a lot of issues as well in the background, a lot of things that had happened. But at the end of the day, we weren't good enough to be with the top teams."