Mikel Arteta determined to prove doubters wrong this season

Mikel Arteta determined to prove doubters wrong with Arsenal written off for a top four finish… as Gunners boss opens doors to Amazon Prime documentary crew to capture behind-the-scenes footage in North London

  • Mikel Arteta is determined to prove Arsenal’s doubters wrong this season
  • The Gunners’ chances of a top four finish have been written off by pundits 
  • However, Arteta says the club must be challenging for a return to the top four
  • Arsenal have opened their doors to a documentary crew for the 21-22 season 

Mikel Arteta says he is determined to prove Arsenal’s many doubters wrong and wants it all captured on camera as Amazon Prime prepare to document the club’s season.

When the BBC asked their 20 TV and radio pundits to predict who will finish in the top four of the Premier League, Arsenal did not feature once. That includes the selections of Sportsmail columnists Chris Sutton, Martin Keown and Micah Richards.

Arteta, usually a private person who likes to keep issues in-house, will have nowhere to hide after the club decided to sign up for the Amazon series. He revealed that he was given no say in the matter.

Mikel Arteta is determined to prove the doubters wrong with Arsenal written off this season

Arsenal travel to top-flight newcomers Brentford on Friday night as they look to start the season strongly.

When told bookmakers had them at 50-1 to win the title and the odds suggested they would finish outside the top four, Arteta, who was a player the last time Arsenal finished fourth or higher in 2015-16, said: ‘I don’t know where they get that from.

‘Hopefully we can prove them wrong. Last year it was six points (off fourth place). We need to be there. We can find excuses, other teams doing whatever. We have to find a way — our way — to do it with the tools we have.’

No pundit has backed Arsenal to seal a top four finish and Arteta wants to prove them wrong

The Gunners have opened their doors to an Amazon documentary crew for this season

Regarding the Amazon series, he continued: ‘I experienced that a few years ago when I was (assistant manager) at Man City. We’re going to help as much as possible for everybody to see what this club means, how things are done, be as transparent as we can. Hopefully this is a perfect year to show that. We need to make it happen. It’s down to us.

‘I think I’ve been very transparent since I’ve been here and tried to respond to every single question. But if you ask me things about the dressing room, I’m sorry, that door is completely closed. While they (Amazon) are here we will try to be us.’

Last season saw supporters protest against the club’s owners, culminating in ugly scenes outside the Emirates Stadium in April after the Super League debacle. 

Arteta is hopeful that returning Arsenal fans can help push the side throughout the season

This summer the club were linked with Leicester’s James Maddison, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. None of them arrived. Centre back Ben White at £50million is their biggest signing, from Brighton.

Arteta insists Arsenal will be active in the market before the window closes at the end of this month as he feels the fans need to be excited. ‘Since I’ve been here, we haven’t had the fans and this for me is a key factor,’ he added.

‘We have to embrace and engage with them. The team have to give enough arguments to the fans to support us. With them we are going to be much stronger.’ 

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