Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta refused to be drawn on the concept that the Gunners at the moment are favourites to win this season’s Premier League title following their win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal initially got here from behind towards a United solely overwhelmed as soon as in all competitions since early October, earlier than being pegged again themselves. However Eddie Nketiah scored his second objective of the sport to win it 3-2 on the very finish.
With half the season now behind them, the outcome leaves Arteta’s staff 5 factors away from second place Manchester Metropolis with a recreation in hand. What’s extra, they’ve misplaced solely as soon as within the Premier League this season and have proven spectacular psychological power to safe outcomes.
Pressed on being given the label of title favourites, Arteta claimed he has no opinion. Nevertheless, by describing it as ‘notion, the Spaniard seems effectively conscious that persons are brazenly saying it.
“I don’t have an opinion, it may be a notion,” he commented, through Arsenal.com.
“I do know my staff so effectively. I do know the place we’re, I do know we’re right here and I do know the place we wish to be, and we’re nonetheless removed from that. I do know the extent of the opposite groups, particularly one which has received all the pieces within the final 5 – 6 years, and we aren’t there but.”
No matter approach you take a look at it, Arsenal haven’t not been ready like this for 15 years. Their final severe title problem got here approach again in 2007/08, whereas the ‘Invincibles’ era of 2003/04 stays the final Gunners staff to be topped Premier League champions.
“Extraordinary, I’d say!” Arteta mentioned of the primary half of the season.
“It doesn’t get a lot better than that, that’s the truth. I believe we deserve the factors that we’ve, I believe we’ve performed effectively sufficient to win a lot of the matches, however the actuality as effectively is that we nonetheless have quite a lot of issues that we will get a lot better at, attacking and defending in transitions, in set-pieces and that’s the purpose.”