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Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal have an advantage over rivals in the title race

After Arsenal’s recent impressive form, Mikel Arteta is now very optimistic that his side holds an advantage over others in the title race.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is optimistic about his team’s chances of gaining a crucial edge over title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool following their commanding 5-0 victory against Burnley. 

The Gunners showcased their dominance at Turf Moor, with goals from Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and Kai Havertz securing the emphatic win. This success comes on the heels of Arsenal’s impressive 6-0 triumph away at West Ham just six days prior.

Having turned their form around after a challenging festive period, Arsenal have maintained a perfect record in the Premier League in 2024. Currently occupying the second spot in the table, they sit just two points behind league leaders Liverpool.

 However, Manchester City remains a potent threat and could overtake Arsenal if they win their game in hand against Brentford. City’s recent draw with Chelsea has slightly diminished their advantage.

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With only four points separating the top three teams, every result and goal become important in the title race. Goal difference may even become a decisive factor, and Arsenal currently holds a one-goal advantage in that department, having closed a significant gap in recent big wins. Arteta emphasises the importance of his team’s focus on maximizing benefits from each match.

“We want more, and we know how important it is to be up there in the goal difference,” Arteta stated. “Every player that you bring [on], whether it is one minute or 30 minutes, the contribution they are willing to give to the team is really positive. Let’s keep doing it.”

Mikel Arteta is pleased to witness the hunger within his squad to deliver at both ends of the pitch and emphasises the need for momentum and consistency.

“Really happy with the performance, with the result, and the individual and collective contribution of each player as well. That was very, very good,” he said. “We have momentum now, and we have to maintain it.”

The manager acknowledges the tough challenges ahead, particularly in the Champions League against Porto, and urges his team to continue playing well and staying true to their identity.

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