Arsenal fell to defeat at the Etihad on Wednesday night which gave Manchester City the advantage in the Premier League title race with five games left to play.
Many pundits and football fans labelled Arsenal as ‘bottlers’ after leading the Premier League for the majority of this season and holding an eight point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side only a couple of months ago.
That eight point lead has now been cut to two points along with City also having two games in hand on the Gunners. Arsenal are without a win in their last four games where as Manchester City have won all of their last seven Premier League matches.
Whatever the reason, whether it was William Saliba’s injury or whether this young Arsenal team just started feeling the pressure, Gabriel Jesus is keen to point out the fact that Arsenal have had a successful season, even if they don’t go on to lift the Premier League trophy this season.
“Our team has been having a good season, obviously we are fighting for the title, and if it happens that we don’t win the title, many out there think it’s a season that wasn’t worth it, however, we’re growing, we’re evolving.
These last results weren’t the way we wanted, expected, however, now it’s time to focus, rest our head, especially for the next game.”
Pep Guardiola’s side and specifically Erling Harland could have scored more on the night if it wasn’t for some brilliant saves from Aaron Ramsdale, however the Arsenal keeper probably should have done better for Kevin De Bruyne’s opener inside the first 10 minutes.
Gabriel Jesus said that the early goal destabilised Arsenal and they were unable to recover after that.
Manchester City were simply better than the Gunners on the night and thoroughly deserved all three points which Gabriel Jesus pointed out after last night’s defeat.
“Our pace, our level that we have been demonstrating throughout the season was not the same, and we know that, we felt it after the game.
We knew that our level of concentration, technical, tactical was not the same to play with such a well-organised team, who worked together for so long.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to play the same way we’ve been playing. Like it or not, a goal at the beginning destabilises us, anyway.
Starting with me, the pressure at the front. But we tried our best, we ran after the result, but after a goal like that, we couldn’t impose our rhythm.”
Arsenal will be keen to get back to winning ways, after four games without victory, when they host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday.
According to OPTA, Arsenal now have a 9% chance of lifting the Premier League trophy this season with Manchester City in pole position to win it again. However this team won’t give up, I’m sure of that.