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Published: 09:55 | 23/5/16

Arteta: We should have won the league

Mikel Arteta feels the Arsenal players must accept the blame for missing out on the Premier League title this year.

The Gunners were top of the table at the turn of the year but struggled for form during the second half of the table, eventually finishing ten points behind champions Leicester.

Arsene Wenger's side have been accusing of blowing their big chance of winning the league for the first time since 2004 and Arteta admits they can only have themselves to blame.

"We should have won the league. It was in our hands. We are all gutted we didn't do it," Arteta stated.

Arsenal went into the final game trailing rivals Tottenham but they managed to overhaul Mauricio Pochettino's side and finish above them for the 21st consecutive season.

"It in the last two years we set the standards of getting the club to start winning some trophies again," Arteta told The Sun. "We haven't won the title for over ten years and we wanted to make the next step. We failed.

"For the fans it is a small consolation to finish above Tottenham but for us, we knew the potential and what the ambition was at the start of the season - so it is not good enough."

A small number of supporters have called for Wenger to step down but Arteta has full faith in the Frenchman.

"Arsene is the manager for the next year. He has got the support of all the players and the board. I think the fans were very supportive when they had some difficult moments at the stadium," the Spaniard went on.

"They responded for him and they were pretty clear. We are very close to making the next step. We have the players, the potential, the quality and the dressing room and coaching staff to be successful."

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