By Adeniyi Onaara
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stated that their top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City will not determine the Premier League championship.
Before Wednesday’s meeting at Etihad Stadium, Arsenal leads Pep Guardiola’s side by five points.
City, on the other hand, have two games in hand on Arsenal, who have drawn three league matches in a row.
“We knew we had to go to Etihad; it would be difficult, but would it be enough to decide the season?” “No,” Arteta replied.
“There is belief; look at how the players reacted after Southampton; they defend each other at all times.” We genuinely want it, and we’re going to prove it again tomorrow night.
“But it has to be perfect because that is what is demanded at this time in the season.”
Arsenal, who last won the Premier League in 2004, drew 3-3 against bottom-placed Southampton on Friday, after squandering two-goal leads against both West Ham and Liverpool.
“Even if we win tomorrow, we will not have won the league.” “It will probably change the percentage, but five games in this league is still very difficult,” Arteta remarked.
“We knew from the start that City and Liverpool were the teams to beat, and they deserve credit for what they’ve accomplished over the last six to seven years.” We wanted to close the gap, and now we’re face to face.”
Granit Xhaka, who missed the Southampton game due to sickness, is a doubt for the City game, according to Arteta, while centre-back William Saliba has shown “no real improvement” in his recuperation from the injury he sustained in the Europa League penalty shootout defeat to Sporting Lisbon in March.