• Arsenal fourth going into game against Liverpool on Wednesday
  • Arteta pleased with progress but demands further improvement

Mikel Arteta believes there is still a significant gap between Arsenal and the Premier League’s title contenders but says the club are finally shaking off years of “feeling sorry for ourselves”.

Arsenal host Liverpool on Wednesday night in a match of critical importance to the battles for first and fourth. Should Arteta’s side earn a sixth straight win it would put them four points clear of Manchester United, who are fifth, with two games in hand; they would also move to within five points of Chelsea having played a game fewer, but Arteta cautioned that they remain well short of the standards he wants to set.

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