Lauren sets target for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal this season

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on as he walks to the dressing rooms at half time during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 19, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only.
Arteta’s side have improved (Picture: Getty)

Lauren thinks Arsenal should still be targeting a top-four finish this season after overcoming a tough start to the campaign.

Mikel Arteta’s side are currently 10th in the Premier League table and seven points off the Champions League places.

While they could slip even further behind, with other sides still having games in hand to play, the Gunners have climbed the table in recent weeks after winning four of their last five Premier League matches.

And Lauren thinks they could still climb further and should be targeting Champions League qualification.

‘A successful season for Arsenal this year is getting into the Champions League positions,’ Lauren told Genting Bet.

‘And then next year, they’ll need to sit down and look to make a step forward so they can fight for the league and be as high as possible – something that needs to be the target for a club like Arsenal.

Portrait of former Arsenal player Laureano Bisan Etame-Mayer 'Lauren' on January 27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Lauren still thinks Arsenal can qualify for the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This season, Arsenal didn’t start as expected and have lost many games that they should have won.

‘Because I like to think with great ideas, I believe that a club like Arsenal have to focus on achieving the greatest targets. Therefore, I am looking at the Champions League places as a target for this season.’

Lauren also thinks Arsenal could lift silverware this season and have the quality to win the Europa League.

‘Arsenal have the quality to win the Europa League this year,’ he added.

‘There are still some good teams left in the competition but if Arsenal keep all their players fit, Partey, Saka, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe – and the fact that Arsenal have been keeping clean sheets, winning the ball high up the pitch and more efficient in attack – all of this points to the fact that Arsenal can go on to win the Europa League. Why not!’

He also advised against sacrificing the FA Cup for European glory and thinks a club of Arsenal’s size should be challenging on all fronts.

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