Mikel Arteta Admits Arsenal Are Not on Man City’s Level and Explains What They Must Do

Mikel Arteta Admits Arsenal Are Not on Man City’s Level and Explains What They Must Do

Elijah Odetokun
updated at March 30, 2024 at 8:11 AM
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  • Manchester City and Arsenal will clash in an epic title battle on Sunday
  • The Gunners broke a 12-game losing streak in the first leg with a win
  • City are top favourites for the Premier League title despite being third

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that his team are not yet at Manchester City’s level and explains what they must do to be reckoned with in the same regard.

The two teams face off in an epic title battle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, a match whose results will go a long way in deciding the season of both teams with 10 games to go.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, London Conley, England.
Mikel Arteta overseeing Arsenal's training session before their title clash against Manchester City. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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Pep Guardiola's side holds an advantage as they have not lost at home to Arsenal since 2015, as noted by 11v11, and their only loss in the league in the last six years was this season.

Arteta admits Arsenal's level

The Gunners are top of the table, level on points with Liverpool and a point ahead of their opponents tomorrow, yet the Citizens are seen as favourites for the title.

Arteta, during his pre-match conference, was quizzed on why this is the way it is, and he gave a concise explanation of why his former team are bigger favourites.

“They [Man City] have earned the right, for seven or eight years with what they have done. To everybody who believes they can do it again, they have given no reason to anybody else to think they cannot do it,” he said via Mirror UK.
“We have to give them the reasons. We haven’t done it, so we cannot expect to be spoken about like City or Liverpool at the moment because we haven’t done it. What do we need to do to be on the same level?
“Win four or five Premier Leagues, win the Champions League and be there consistently like they have done.”

The manager's admittance disagrees with the activities of the fans on social media, who go about claiming to be the best in the world and have the best player in every position.

Arteta sets point target for Arsenal

Sports Brief previously reported on Arteta setting points target for Arsenal if they want to dethrone Man City and win their first Premier League title in 20 years this season.

The former City assistant boss admits they have to keep pace at the top of the table, and if anything less than 90 points come May, they'll suffer a similar fate as last season.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.