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Rebuilding Arsenal a 'massive job', says Arteta
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Premier League - Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - July 15, 2020  Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaks to players, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  REUTERS / Paul Childs / Pool  691px 444px Premier League - Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - July 15, 2020 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaks to players, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS / Paul Childs / Pool

(Reuters) - Manager Mikel Arteta says the task of rebuilding Arsenal is a "massive job" and that there is an "enormous" difference between his side and Premier League champions Liverpool.

Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday but the London side are still ninth and trail the champions by 40 points.

"You can see how Liverpool build their squad and there's no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality players," Arteta told Sky Sports

"And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That's the challenge.

"It's a massive job. You only have to look at the difference between the two teams - it's enormous."

Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery in December, said that while quality was an issue, Arsenal were a match for Liverpool in other areas.

"The gap in many areas we can't improve in two months but the gap between accountability, energy, commitment and fight between the teams is now equal," Arteta added.

"Before it wasn't like this. I'm very proud of that. The rest will take some time but at least we've got that now and my message to the players is with that we can create something."

Arsenal take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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1 Liverpool LIV 99 38 32 3 3 85 33 +52 99
2 Manchester City MAC 81 38 26 3 9 102 35 +67 81
3 Manchester United MUN 66 38 18 12 8 66 36 +30 66
4 Chelsea CHE 66 38 20 6 12 69 54 +15 66
5 Leicester City LEI 62 38 18 8 12 67 41 +26 62
6 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 59 38 16 11 11 61 47 +14 59
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 59 38 15 14 9 51 40 +11 59
8 Arsenal ARS 56 38 14 14 10 56 48 +8 56
9 Sheffield United SHE 54 38 14 12 12 39 39 0 54
10 Burnley BUR 54 38 15 9 14 43 50 -7 54
11 Southampton SOU 52 38 15 7 16 51 60 -9 52
12 Everton EVE 49 38 13 10 15 44 56 -12 49
13 Newcastle United NEW 44 38 11 11 16 38 58 -20 44
14 Crystal Palace CRY 43 38 11 10 17 31 50 -19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 41 38 9 14 15 39 54 -15 41
16 West Ham United WES 39 38 10 9 19 49 62 -13 39
17 Aston Villa AST 35 38 9 8 21 41 67 -26 35
18 AFC Bournemouth BOU 34 38 9 7 22 40 65 -25 34
19 Watford WAT 34 38 8 10 20 36 64 -28 34
20 Norwich City NOR 21 38 5 6 27 26 75 -49 21
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