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Arteta praises ‘phenomenal’ Arsenal but wants team to find killer instinct

Arteta praises ‘phenomenal’ Arsenal but wants team to find killer instinct

James Hilsum

Updated 31/03/2024 at 19:17 GMT

Mikel Arteta was happy with the effort from his Arsenal players in a top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Despite being full of praise for his players, Arteta insisted that they should not be happy about leaving Manchester with only a point. The Spaniard felt that his side did not capitalise on their few clear-cut chances in the game.

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The Spaniard was delighted to see the way in which his side went toe-to-toe with the champions, but says there is still room for improvement in attacking parts of the pitch.

“A really competitive match, as you can imagine,” Arteta told BBC’s Match of the Day. “We made another big step today.

“They have the capacity to change formations to get you in deep in many moments. They are very physical but I think we coped with that very well.

“I think we had the best situations. We were really aggressive at times and getting the ball into great areas. The way we competed individually and as a team was phenomenal.

“Individually you have to be at your best. I think it is 2021 since they have not scored a goal here at the Etihad [in the Premier League].

“It was a really tough test for us today. We wanted to win but when you cannot win you must not lose.”

However, Arteta claimed that the players should not be satisfied to come away from the Etihad Stadium with a point and urged them to find a degree of ruthlessness to decide tight matches.

“No way can you be fully happy [with just a point],” he explained to Sky Sports.

“We played the game in an exceptional way, and in other parts of the game, we could have done much better, especially with the ball in the final third.

“We had some big, big moments to win the game.”

“Nothing changes,” Arteta explained.

“We wanted to win but we didn’t, we know the Liverpool result but we need to just carry on. There’s a lot still to play for.”

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