Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Manchester City remain favourites to win the Premier League


Mikel Arteta insists Manchester City remain the team to beat in the Premier League title race despite Arsenal’s dramatic last-gasp win over Manchester United.

Eddie Nketiah’s 90th minute effort secured a euphoric win over Erik ten Hag’s improving side to maintain their five point lead over champions City, who beat Wolves earlier in the day.

But Arteta – who has been at pains not to acknowledge Arsenal’s position as title favourites – is adamant Pep Guardiola’s team, who have won four of the previous five championships, remain a cut above his team.

‘I know my team so well. I know where we are, I know why we are here and I know where we want to be and we are far from that,’ explained the Spaniard.

‘I know the levels of the other teams and one especially that has won in the last five or six years and we are not there yet.’

Arteta did admit, however, that belief and confidence is growing within his squad after this huge three points against a team that would have moved to within five points of them with victory.

‘I hope they believe, not that they (believe they) are champions, but they are good enough to play against these teams and that they have done it,’ said Arteta.

‘We talked about that in the last two or three days. We know our reality, we know still how much we have to improve.

‘We know what’s taken us to the position we are today and we have to reinforce that every day.

‘(Wins like this gives us) Belief and confidence that we are going in the right direction. That the way we’re playing is going to reward them.

‘It’s just pure spirit, pure belief and testament to what we do. In my opinion that’s what we have to continue.’

On the manner of the victory, Arteta added: ‘I don’t think it gets better much than that. It was a beautiful moment, a really special one because we were pushing and pushing and pushing and it wasn’t coming.’

United boss Ten Hag added: ‘Maybe in the next couple of hours, we will realise we are in a good position, realise we are in a good development and a good process – but in this moment I am annoyed and I also told the players: “If you want to win trophies, titles, you have to change our mentality, because it’s not possible that you are in a top game making three such big mistakes where you concede”.’


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