Arsenal did lose to Manchester City in the meeting last weekend, but what coach Mikel Arteta regretted was not the players’ performance, but the final result of the match.
Playing at the Etihad Stadium which is the headquarters of Manchester City, Arsenal showed a pretty good performance from the first minute. In fact, they had created several opportunities, unfortunately in the 23rd minute, the hosts scored through Raheem Sterling.
After the goal, the Gunners tried to create a number of opportunities to equalize, but nothing changed until the game ended.
This 0-1 defeat was indeed better than the 0-3 defeat like in the previous meeting. However, coach Mikel Arteta was reluctant to compare the scores of the two matches.
What is clear, in his view, is that there is good progress in terms of team performance. What’s more, it’s never easy for any team to do well at Manchester City headquarters.
“I am obviously disappointed that we lost but I have to admit that I am very proud of the players for their performance. That’s the game we can deliver,”
“This is proof of how we handled the match, what we can do, and how we can hold them,” Arteta said on Arsenal’s official website.
As a former Arsenal player and former assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Arteta knows exactly how difficult it is to withstand the attacks of Gabriel Jesus et al. Therefore, he considers his players to have shown an increase in performance.
“And for me, the most important thing is the attitude of the team, by coming here and doing what we did today. I worked there for four years, I have seen many teams come here and it is very, very difficult to hold them,” he concluded. .
Arsenal itself has played five Premier League matches for the 2020/21 season. So far they have won three wins and lost two times, now they are in 5th place.
While Manchester City has only played 4 matches, with details of two wins and one defeat, now Pep Guardiola’s men are still stuck in 10th place in the standings.