Mikel Arteta says Arsenal could change the ‘story’ of their season if they score a shocking win against Manchester City after their worst start to a Premier League campaign in club history
- Mikel Arteta spoke ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City
- Arsenal have had their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign
- The Gunners opened the season with defeats to Brentford and Chelsea
- They hope to maintain the momentum of their 6-0 Carabao Cup mid-week win
- Arsenal assess Bukayo Saka’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s game
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will have an opportunity to change perceptions of their start to the season when they travel to champions Manchester City on Saturday.
Arsenal lost both of their first two Premier League games, against Brentford and Chelsea, without scoring.
They ended their scoreless and scoreless start to the season with a 6-0 EFL Cup tie against Championship West Brom last night, but Arteta believes their trip to the Etihad is a real chance to lift the mood.
Pressure is mounting on Mikel Arteta for his return to Manchester City on Saturday
“It could be great,” he said. “It would be a huge lift to go to Manchester against the champions and take the win.
It will change the story a lot. It will certainly help us in the table, because we need the points.’
Arteta spent three years at City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and, given the critical look at him and Arsenal, his answer to the question of what was the most valuable thing he learned from his time at the Etihad was particularly important.
Arsenal have had their worst ever start to a Premier League season with two defeats
The Gunners assess Bukayo Saka’s condition after injury from their Carabao Cup win
He said, “First of all, you have to believe in what you are doing and in every difficult moment, you stick to what you are doing. The whole team, the whole club ethic is what we believe in and all decisions are constantly made in that direction.”
Arteta also confirmed that Bukayo Saka is a player Arsenal are assessing after being injured following a late tackle against West Brom.
‘He [Saka] limped after the game. We’ll see how that knee reacts today. He had a tick yes. ‘We have one or two doubts about the previous game’ [Chelsea] also. We’ll know more tomorrow when we all train together. He [Saka] limped after the game. We’ll see how that knee reacts today. He knocked yes.’
Arteta hopes for a win against the side where he was assistant to Pep Guardiola