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Mikel Arteta optimistic Manchester City will stumble despite advantage

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is optimistic that Manchester City will drop points before the end of the current season

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains steadfast in his belief that Manchester City could stumble in the Premier League title race, despite the odds favouring Pep Guardiola’s side. 

As Arsenal sit at the top of the table, a mere point ahead of Manchester City, the looming shadow of City’s game in hand adds pressure. With only three matches remaining, City holds the power to clinch the title with a flawless run.

Arteta, however, maintains hope, stating, “In my heart and in my soul… this is what I am hoping for, yes.” His sentiments reflect the emotional rollercoaster of competing for the title, where every twist and turn holds significance. 

He emphasises the need for Arsenal to remain focused and prepared, acknowledging that the battle is far from over.

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“You know what is going on [with my emotions]. You just want to win and to win you need others to drop points and you are hoping for that to happen.  And then [after City win] you have to manage your emotion, because it doesn’t matter what happens on that day. 

“There are still a lot of games and points to play for. You are going to have to perform, prepare and win the next match in order to maintain that momentum. This is what we are trying to do.”

Arsenal’s resilience throughout the season, particularly in the face of formidable opponents like City, has been commendable. Since the turn of the year, they’ve suffered just one defeat in the Premier League, a testament to their determination and consistency. 

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Arteta underlines the importance of this achievement, stating the club’s steady progress towards securing Champions League qualification for the second consecutive year.

“Celebrating [qualifying for the Champions League]? No. Obviously that is the first thing we wanted to achieve, consistent Champions League football. It is the second year in a row, a consistent challenge for big titles. 

“We are doing this. But we know what the aim is and it is right there. Let’s see if we can do it.

Despite this milestone, Arteta insists there’s no room for complacency. He emphasises the club’s relentless pursuit of excellence, refusing to celebrate until the ultimate goal is achieved. He notes the shift in perspective, from anxiously calculating points needed for qualification to now being in contention for the title, as a positive indicator of Arsenal’s progress and ambition.

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