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Arteta envious of City's attacking threat

January 3, 2014
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said he envies the multiple "world class" attacking options of title rivals Manchester City.

The Gunners currently top the Premier League, one point ahead of second-placed City -- but the Manchester club are the bookmakers' favourites for the title.

Arteta told El Partido de las 12 he hoped Arsene Wenger's philosophy would help Arsenal remain in the race even though they did not have the same wealth of striking options.

"We are where we wanted to be -- the league is open and there is a lot of competition," he said. "We want to be in the fight for the title.

"We have sometimes paid for not finishing off our moves. The boss has tried to improve this, and [Mesut] Ozil's arrival has given us more creativity, but we do not have the four forwards that City have to play with two up front and then have more options.

"But that is our style of play, and the manager's idea. I would like us to have more variants, because there is nobody who runs into the space.

"City have so many options in attack, and three world class forwards who can win big games for you. We will try and make up for that with the other things that we have. We will see who wins out."

Asked about his chances of finally gaining a full international cap for Spain, the 31-year-old said he had not given up on the possibility.

"Ninety percent of my professional career has been here [in England]," Arteta said. "There was talk about me playing with England, but my dream has always been to play with 'La Seleccion'. For me, it was very strong on an emotional level.

"I have had bad luck because this is a generation of players of such a high standard. I have never spoken with [Vicente] Del Bosque. Just before my cruciate injury, in 2009, was when I was closest to going. It was a pity not to be able to enjoy that. I have not lost hope."

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