Arteta still have more belief on PL title

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Mikel Arteta says he still has more belief Arsenal can win the Premier League this season following their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Emirate stadium last night.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that they had the belief they can defeat Manchester City but lost it after City scored their second goal in the game.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead in the first half before Bukayo Saka eaqualized from the spot kick to draw level before half time.

Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland both scored in the second half of the game to give Pep Guardiola side the three points the move them to the top of the table.

“I have more belief than I had before the game,” Arteta told BBC Sport. “With the performance and the level the team put in, we had the feeling we could beat them. Until the second goal we had them.

“But we gave them three goals and the game at the end. Certain errors at this level, you can’t make. At the same time, the team put the level very high.

“The difference was in the boxes, they had three chances and they put them away. We had chances and we didn’t put them away.”

Arteta added that he was “disappointed” with the loss but told Amazon Prime: “They [City] are the best team in the world and we matched that level. After it is just about doing certain things better to beat them.

“I have more belief [to win the league] because I see a team going head-to-head with them. You have to go to the next one and in three days we have another game. I have more belief in my players.”

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard echoed that his side needed to be “more clinical” with only one of their 10 attempted shots on target.

“We were not sharp enough, in front of the goal and in our own as well. Sometimes chances go in, sometimes not. But that is where we need to improve and be more clinical and defend our box,” the Norwegian said.

“As we have said all season, work hard and take it game by game. It is the same now. It is one game we have lost here today and now we look to the next one.”

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