Arteta: 'FA Cup is not enough, it is only a start'

Mikel Arteta wants the side to target more silverware following their FA Cup win from last season.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said winning the FA Cup isn't enough, and should only be a start for the Gunners as they ended a nine-year trophy drought last season.

The Spaniard is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying that their triumph over Hull City has given them a taste for more success, and has stated that Arsenal must last the course if they start off well, to shrug off the tag of a side that tires in February and March of the season.

He said: “The FA Cup was really good, so I cannot imagine what it is like to win a Champions League or a Premier League title. But the FA Cup is not enough. It was good, but it is only a start and we know that is not enough. For this club it is not enough, and we need to go to bigger challenges now.

"I am sure we are going to go in the right direction. But I think if we start very well, people will say. 'Arsenal will tire by February or March.' I don’t think that perception is going to change. The only thing that will change it is if we get to that, go through it and win it. And that day you'll say, ‘OK, you’ve done it.’”

Last season, Arsenal were in a terrific league position going into February as they were in pole position in the title race. But comprehensive defeats at the hands of Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton during that time meant the Gunners were battling to finish fourth. However, their points total for fourth place was pretty high on 79 points, seven points behind eventual champions Manchester City.

It seems like the Gunners are doing everything they can to address that in the transfer market by bringing in more quality players.

They have already secured the services of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a fee believed to be exceeding £30 million - whilst the club have been linked with several strikers, and Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy is said to be the man identified to fill in at right-back.

Certainly their transfer dealings are signalling a statement of intent that Arsenal want to kick on.

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