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Arteta Stresses Arsenal’s Belief in Premier League Title Hunt Despite Manchester City’s Shadow


Arteta Stresses Arsenal’s Belief in Premier League Title Hunt Despite Manchester City’s Shadow

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Mikel Arteta emphasized the importance of maintaining belief in Arsenal’s ability to compete for the Premier League title, despite the looming threat from Manchester City.

Ahead of their upcoming clash with a struggling Manchester United side, Arteta acknowledged the slim one-point lead over City, who possess a game in hand.

Arsenal’s historical struggles at Old Trafford, with just one league victory since 2006, add to the challenge. However, Arteta stressed the need for his players to remain focused, recognizing their position of not having full control over the title race.

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“We have to think it is going to work and what’s going to work is that we try to be better than our opponents and beat them and the final outcome, that will be something else,” the Spaniard said.

“At the moment that is not in our control. We know the difficulty in our history when you look at what we’ve done over there (at Old Trafford) so we’re going to have to be at our best to earn the right to win the game.”

Arteta cautioned that Manchester United, despite their recent form with only two wins in their last ten league matches, still pose a threat. He recalled the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium in September, where United’s Alejandro Garnacho believed he had secured a victory with a late goal, only for it to be disallowed for offside. Arsenal capitalized on this opportunity, scoring twice in the final minutes to secure a 3-1 win.

“That tells you the difficulty of facing them, their quality,” said Arteta.

Manchester City, in pursuit of an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title, are set to face Fulham on Saturday. They have the opportunity to overtake Arsenal in the standings before the Gunners take the field in Manchester the following day.

“They’ve been on an unbelievable journey in the last 10 or 15 years but we want to change that. We’re trying to do everything we can to improve and get better and better,” said Arteta, who previously worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City.

“You have to keep improving and try to be better than them when you face them head-to-head and in a long, long, long season with a lot of demands in this league.

“It’s been an unbelievable journey (for Arsenal) in every sense with a lot of changes. We have come far from where we were, that’s true, but there’s still a lot to come.”


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