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Mikel Arteta sends huge message to Arsenal players after Manchester City draw

Mikel Arteta has delivered an encouraging message to Arsenal players following their goalless draw against Manchester City at the Etihad

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Following a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Mikel Arteta has conveyed a resolute message to Arsenal players, highlighting both positives and areas for improvement.

Arsenal’s resilient performance earned them a valuable point against the champions, marking the first time they avoided defeat at the Etihad since 2016. Arteta stressed the significance of this achievement, particularly in limiting City to just two shots on target across 180 minutes of Premier League action this season.

“It was a really tough, really close match against a team that is unbelievable,” Arteta remarked post-match. “I think the boys competed really, really well. We were really disciplined and patient when we had to be.”

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Despite the defensive solidity displayed, Arteta acknowledged Arsenal’s missed opportunities and highlighted the need for greater composure in possession. He revealed that while the players were not entirely satisfied with the result, their hunger for improvement bodes well for the team’s progress.

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“That’s the feeling I get every day in the dressing room,” Arteta explained. “That’s unbelievable. You know, we have prevented this team for the first time in three years to score a goal at home. And that tells you the difficulty of it. But they want more. And as individuals, we could have done more. As a team, we could have done more. And that’s good to see.

“We are making the steps, but let’s maintain all the good things we are doing and let’s keep improving.”

Looking ahead, Arteta emphasised the need to maintain positive momentum and focus on the midweek fixture against Luton at Emirates Stadium. He called for continued support from the fans and urged his team to build on the progress made against City.

“Now it’s Luton, this has gone now,” Arteta asserted. “It’s a really tough opponent. You know what they’re doing against the top sides. And we need our people again on Wednesday night to create an unbelievable atmosphere and go again and try to win the game.”

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