Mikel Arteta suggests Arsenal are on five-year plan to emulate Liverpool

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta seemingly has a five-year plan in mind to bring the glory days back to the club.

Arteta took charge of the north Londoners last December following the dismissal of his fellow countryman Unai Emery a month earlier.

The Gunners have shown tangible improvement under the Spaniard, whose appointment was initially questioned by many.

Arteta – who guided his side to FA Cup glory in August – has moulded Arsenal into a more fluid attacking team, although there are still some evident defensive frailties.

Those frailties were exposed on Monday night in the north Londoners' Premier League clash with Liverpool, whom they suffered a 3-1 defeat to.

Arteta is under no illusion of the size of the job on his hands but has taken inspiration from the success Jurgen Klopp has been able to garner after five years in charge of the Reds.

"We were in the game for a big part of the game," Arteta said after seeing his side come up short against the reigning champions.

"The reality is they are superior to us in many aspects. You could see that is some phases.

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"I'm really happy in the way the team competed and kept believing.

"This is the standard we have to reach. We are on a different journey. They've been together five years, we've had a few months.

"They scored too early [after Arsenal's goal], big mistake from us. I had a feeling we were going to have chances in the second half.

"We had probably the best chance of the game. You have to put them in the net when you have chances against them.

"We have a long way to go in many things."

Arsenal will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season on Thursday night when they return to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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