Arsenal, led by Mikel Arteta, has finally overcome a tough challenge on their journey to win the Premier League. They achieved this with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, thanks to Gabriel Martinelli’s late goal.
Before Martinelli’s goal in the 86th minute, Arsenal had gone 12 games without beating City. The fans at the Emirates Stadium celebrated wildly when the final whistle blew.
This win was significant because Arsenal hadn’t beaten City since December 2015. It was a big moment, and both the players on the field and the 60,000 fans in the stadium were very happy.
Back in August, Arsenal had beaten City in the Community Shield, but this recent win meant more. The earlier win was in a friendly match, while this one was in a serious game between last season’s champions and their main rivals.
In April, Arsenal had a big lead in the league but couldn’t hold on, allowing City to win the title. Instead of giving up, Arteta and his players used that disappointment to motivate themselves to try and win the league after 20 years.
In the second half of the game, Arsenal played aggressively to find a winning goal while City seemed fine with a draw. Arsenal’s determination paid off, and Arteta believes this victory could be a turning point in their progress.
After this win, Arsenal and City are now at the top of the league together. Even though City’s coach, Pep Guardiola, said they are okay with chasing, this victory could be a tough start for them in their quest for another title.
“A great feeling. You could sense it’s been so many years without beating them. Today I think we beat the best team in the world without a question of a doubt,” Arteta said.
“We did it in a great way because there were moments where we had to suffer and moments where we showed real desire, determination and belief to beat them, so I’m really happy,” He added.
“Certainly it sends a message to the team to keep believing in what they’re doing because they’re a fantastic group of players.
“The way they try and the chemistry that they have, you need it to be there. So, I’m really proud.
“The team showed a real maturity today, that comes from experiences. Sometimes you need that to become a better team.”
The lingering bitterness of 15 league games without a victory over City can now be relegated to the past, as Arsenal demonstrated their ability to match strides with Guardiola’s star-studded squad.
They limited City to just four shots and prevented the visitors from implementing their trademark passing and movement style effectively.
“City are constantly asking you questions, they threaten you in certain areas. You have to be really aware. Emotionally it is not easy to chase for 15 or 20 minutes,” he said.
“I thought the players were excellent, everyone was dancing in the dressing room afterwards!”
City has experienced back-to-back league defeats for the first time since December 2018, suffering three losses in their last four matches across all competitions.
When questioned about the sudden dip in form after winning their initial six league games this season, Guardiola attributed it to the absence of suspended midfielder Rodri.
“That is a stat. We cannot deny it. We put players to control more passes but Arsenal are aggressive in these areas,” Guardiola said.
“Rodri is an important player but he is not there for the reason everyone knows.”
“No team has ever won four in a row in the Premier League. We are in October. Maybe it is good to be behind and try to catch them. Last season we were far behind,” he added.
“I know these players for many years and what we have done together. It is (an) honour and privilege to seem them running and fighting.”
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