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‘I do not wish to undergo that once more’


Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has insisted he’s eager to keep away from one other seismic defeat to Manchester Metropolis when the 2 sides meet on Sunday.

The Gunners can strengthen their title credentials with a primary win on the Etihad Stadium since 2015, however head north understanding this fixture was essential to their demise final season.

Arteta’s males have been hammered 4-1 by Metropolis in April 2023 and Arsenal later ended up surrendering prime spot to Pep Guardiola’s aspect having spent 248 days in first place.

In his pre-match press convention, Arteta was requested what he felt after final season’s humbling defeat to Metropolis.

“Not good, I assure you,” he replied. “I do not wish to undergo that once more as a result of we knew after that it was going to be very troublesome, one thing that we fought for that many months. It was a distinct timing as nicely.”

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Metropolis ran riot in final season’s assembly / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Arsenal might finish Sunday three factors away from Liverpool and 4 of Metropolis, however they’re additionally able to dropping to 3rd by the tip of the day if outcomes go towards them.

After roaring again to win final season’s title, Metropolis are nonetheless the widespread selection to assert victory on this 12 months’s race, and Arteta believes they need to have such backing.

“They’ve earned the proper, for seven or eight years with what they’ve completed,” he continued. “To everyone who believes they’ll do it once more, they’ve given no purpose to anyone else to assume they can not do it, so we’ve got to present them the explanations.

“We have not completed it so we can not count on to be spoken about like Metropolis or Liverpool for the time being as a result of we have not completed it.

“We’ve to do what we really feel and what the staff wants and attempt to form that up. They’re in the absolute best mindset and they’re satisfied they usually have a sense they’ll beat any opponent. We are able to use totally different instruments to do this.”