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    Man. City 4-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta reacts to demolition at Etihad

    The English Premier League title race remains wide open but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says they must look in the mirror to reflect on their 4-1 loss to Manchester City.
    Arteta’s troops were demolished on Wednesday by the reigning EPL champions and he believes they must seriously reconsider their priorities.

    The loss saw Pep Guardiola’s side move to within two points of the leaders, Arsenal, but the Citizens have two games in hand to capitalise on in the final weeks of the season.

    In his post-match analysis, Arteta said the Gunners need to “look in the mirror” after their title hopes took a huge blow with a heavy defeat at Etihad Stadium.

    City closed the gap to two points and hold two games in hand with a scintillating performance to which their rivals could provide no answer.

    Two goals through Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and one from striking giant Erling Haaland gave the hosts the deserved win.

    “Analysis is clear, the better team won the game, they were probably at their best, especially in the first half and we were nowhere near our level. When that happens, the gap becomes too big,” said Arteta.

    “In the first 30 minutes, all the basic things you have to do against an exceptional team in terms of competing, winning duals, understanding what the game requires, we didn’t do it and we got punished and we could have been punished even more.”

    In addition, the former midfielder explained that they wanted to break aspects of City’s game but they were outclassed.

    He added that they have to be loyal to what has brought them all this way because they have done it in the past as well in different ways.

    Meanwhile, Guardiola refused to take the win with a big head and downplayed chances that they can still snatch it on the last day.

    “We played an exceptional team but we are an exceptional team too and today we were not at the races at the level required to win the game,” he continued.

    @Mr Beat reacted:

    “Now it turns out that scoring fewer goals than the rival is losing. To lose is to be dominated, and not to win is not to lose, Arsenal were unlucky, Man. City didn’t win, no one sees Man City as a winner, people just respect Arsenal more after this game.”

    @Tom wrote:

    “Good game against a good side. We just need to work on scoring, communication, pressing, and defending. Heads up. We are still winning the league.”

    Main Image: Mikel Arteta| Sky Sports

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