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Granit Xhaka says Arsenal need three to four years to win the league

Arsenal
midfielder Granit Xhaka has said that the Gunners may require another three to
four years to reach the pedigree of Liverpool and start competing for the
Premier League title. The north London side have been on a decline over the
past few years and they have missed out on the Champions League and the top
four in the previous three seasons.

Speaking
to Evening Standard, Xhaka took the example of the Reds and stated that Jurgen
Klopp required a few seasons to get the best of the Merseyside outfit. He added
that the Gunners need another three or four years to compete for the Premier
League crown and the top four should remain the realistic aim for the current
campaign.

He said: "We
know they [Liverpool's players and Klopp] have been working together for three
or four years. We had new staff last year, we are improving our way and we need
some time as well. With Liverpool, the first Premier League season with Klopp
was not the best. You can see how they've improved and how it can work if you
are together more than three or four years. They are a good example of where we
can be in three or four years but we want to make a good season this year and
be back in the top four."

The Gunners made some progress under Unai Emery last term and they seemed on course to make the top four. However, the opportunity was squandered right towards the end of the season where a poor run of form saw Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur beat them to the third and fourth spots respectively.

They still had the chance of making the Champions League by winning the Europa League crown, but the final was a forgettable experience after Chelsea embarrassed them by a 4-1 score. Arsenal are currently third on the Premier League table with six points after the opening three games. They are scheduled to host Spurs in the north London derby this weekend.