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Arteta says Arsenal are back in title race after ‘incredible performance’ against Liverpool

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists his team is back in the title race after closing the gap to the top by beating Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal cut the gap on leaders Liverpool to two points with a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium. Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Leandro Trossard were on target for the Gunners.

After the match, Arteta said Arsenal are back in the thick of the title race after this crucial win.

“We are there, that’s for sure. We want to continue to be there,” Arteta said.

We’ve been really consistent all season, if not you aren’t where we are today. We take it game by game, the availability of the squad is going to be crucial.

We have learned that from last season. Let’s try to make that happen.”

Arteta: It was an extraordinary game

Bukayo Saka put ahead Arsenal in the first half, but Liverpool equalized in the first half with Gabriel Magalhaes’s own goal. However, Two errors from Alisson Becker and Virgil Van Dijk cost Liverpool dearly.

Martinelli scored the second goal from a mix-up between Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and defender Virgil van Dijk. Leandro Trossard’s stoppage-time shot went through Alisson’s legs after deflecting off Van Dijk.

Arteta believes his team showed the elite mentality that sets the top teams apart.

“It was an extraordinary game,” added Arteta. “An incredible performance from the players and our people. That’s the best atmosphere I’ve seen all season. We demanded that.

We had to go to a different level and connect it again to the demands that this league has. I think the players left absolutely everything.

They put their heart and soul in every single ball. I cannot be any prouder because I know how hard it is to beat this team, how much you have to suffer and how much you have to process to do what we did on the ball. So big thank you.

“Control is not really a word I like. I like dominance and not allowing teams to breathe more than control.

In which part of the pitch that happens is the most important thing for me but, yes, we can be very chaotic in open spaces and can create a lot of issues playing in different ways.

That is another weapon that we have.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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