Arsenal is one hell of a force now after Mikel Arteta transformed this team in six months, going toe to toe with opponents, but tasted their second loss of the season against the grenade of Manchester City.
It was a return to the home for Mikel Arteta, this time in Arsenal colors as the manager of the Gunners after Serving City as an assistant to Pep Guardiola for three years at the Etihad.
Pep knew how much Arteta loved Arsenal ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lL8egBoLsi
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 26, 2023
Arsenal is top of the table in the Premier League, but their FA Cup dream is diminished to the 4th round by Man City after Guardiola’s side beat the Gunners by 1-0 where Ake scored the lone goal of the tie.
However, there are a lot of positives to be taken from the game for Arsenal; confidence with the ball under your feet, aggression on the press, and keeping the ball to the other side of your own pitch are what made this young side unimaginable.
🔊 Amazing away support once again, Gooners pic.twitter.com/HqoZqf2cb9
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 27, 2023
Arteta attended his post-match press conference and reported no fresh injury concerns and talked about Arsenal’s game he thought it is better than the last two clashes but not yet the best.
Last season, Man City beat Arsenal in two meetings but on both occasions, the Gunners finished the game with a man down. This time though, Arsenal ended with eleven on the pitch and they could have rescued the situation.
NATHAN AKE GIVES MAN CITY A 1-0 LEAD AGAINST ARSENAL! pic.twitter.com/XuuuLIBftt
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 27, 2023
“We are closer [to City] and in the last two games, we played 94 minutes with 10 men, so that’s a little bit difficult.”- Arteta told to the reports after the game.
“[I am] Really disappointed. I think we could have got much more out of the game. The action decided the game, but it was a tight game, and that one action changed it all. I think we could have dealt with it much better in terms of our discipline when the ball was in the box.”- Arteta is disappointed.
Arsenal halfway through their last four Premier League seasons:
2019-20: 11th (24 points)
2020-21: 11th (27 points)
2021-22: 4th (35 points)
2022-23: 1st (50 points)
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 22, 2023
Arsenal will look to quest their hunt for the Premier League title after being five points clear at the top from City with a game spare; the FA Cup elimination will the avenged if it happens.