Arsenal and the title? Hopes are a little lower again after the Gunners failed to beat Southampton on Friday night. Manchester City have two games to play and if they win both, they could go top. Moreover, already in a week these two teams will face each other. The London club’s coach Mikel Arteta has commented on the situation.
England is watching a thrilling battle for the Premier League title. Arsenal have had everything in their hands so far, but on Friday night, they passed the buck to their rivals with their loss. Manchester City are two games to go and five points behind. Two wins could put them in the lead.
Already on Wednesday, the match in which the Citizens welcome the Gunners on their soil can be very suggestive. The winner will have a huge advantage, both mentally and in points. There will still be a chance to turn the situation around.
However, back to Arsenal. They fell to Southampton on Friday night. Saints led by two goals twice in the game, but the match ended in a 3-3 draw and it is the third draw in a row for Arsenal.
Could it be that the weight of the moment is falling on the players? “I don’t see a lack of confidence. I didn’t see any player hiding. I didn’t see anyone afraid to take risks and take the initiative. That’s also why we created chances and equalised at 3-3. We should have won the game,” Mikel Arteta is quoted by Sky Sports.
The Spanish coach revealed, among other things, that he is completely satisfied with the way his charges are working. He said he couldn’t be prouder of them. After all, even if perhaps the Gunners did not win the title, their season could not be considered a failure.
But for now, the title is still the first and foremost goal. But it won’t be easy. Arsenal haven’t won on Manchester City’s turf since 2015. Moreover, the Citizens have lost only one league game at home this season. They have scored 11 goals in their last three home league games.
Arteta, however, is not fazed by this. On the contrary. “ These are the games you want to play. The games where absolutely everything is at stake. You have to go there to win. But we can’t make mistakes like that. We have to do all the basic and simple things much better. We deserve to win games.”
And if Arsenal can win in Manchester? “I’m very confident about our chances. Against Southampton we could see again the level we can play at. The team spirit is incredible and we need to show that again,” he concluded on the subject.
Source: Premier League, Sky Sports
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