Mikel Arteta says his side will not give up in their fight to end Arsenal’s 19-year wait for a Premier League title.
This comes after the Gunners were outclassed in Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat at Man City, which left them only two points clear at the top of the table, having played two matches more.
“There are five matches to go in this league, anything can happen. We have to believe,” said Arteta.
Arteta conceded that City were the better team and they deserved their victory on Wednesday night.
“The 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 and in the first 30 minutes we didn’t do all the basic things that you have to do against an exceptional team, in terms of competing, winning duels and understanding what the game requires. We got punished and we could have been punished even more.”
On whether Arsenal still had the chance to beat City to the title, Arteta said: “I don’t know what is going to be required. For sure we have to first lift the players up, because they suffered tonight and it was a difficult one to swallow. We’ll lift them up tomorrow and do everything we’ve done so far so well in the next match to earn the right to win [the next game]. That’s where we have to start right now.”
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