Manchester City topped the table after dismantling Southampton at the Etihad. But their stay at the top could only last for 24 hours as Arsenal reignited its title bid by displaying confidence and resilience during a spectacular encounter against Liverpool, earning a 3-2 win.
Martinelli’s masterclass and a couple of lackluster displays from Liverpool showed that Arsenal is prepared to make statement wins against more illustrious sides.
Despite boasting the youngest squad in the league, their pursuit of English football’s top prize is not ready to be relinquished.
The last time both Premier League heavyweights faced off was in November 2021. Current league leaders Arsenal were fifth on the table and succumbed to a four-nil defeat. The return leg was no different as the London side still came out of the lie with blows to their faces nurturing a three-nil defeat at the Emirates.
11 months on, Arsenal can continually dream of lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2004 — especially with their recent 3-2 win over Liverpool.
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Only a point splits Arsenal from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with Chelsea and fellow North London rival, Tottenham, eight and four points behind respectively.
“And in the Premier League, it’s being there. We cannot forget one thing, ladies and gentlemen, there is one team that has been better than us. This is a reality. In reality, Arsenal has been better than us so far. We’re not top of the league but the important thing is to be there and try to fight.” – Guardiola full of praise for the resurgent Gunners in an interview.
Third-place Tottenham had only lost one game, like Arsenal. They look like they are ready to compete on all fronts also as their solo loss came up during their top-four face-off at the Emirates where the young Gunners side strolled to a 3-1 home win.
“I’m really happy, it was a great performance, a great day with an incredible atmosphere to play in. I’m so grateful to all the people that connect with the team in such a special way. I’m really happy because it’s an opportunity to make a lot of people happy and proud and I think we have delivered that to all of them,” Arteta said during the post-match press conference.
“We are focused. It is a really hungry and humble team, believe me. We know where we are. There is nothing that we have done yet, and there are still a lot of things to improve, and that’s the direction that we are taking.” – Mikel Arteta full of praise for his confident side.
The season has also demonstrated that Arsenal is not solely dependent on their recent signing Gabriel Jesus, as other stars within the squad have stood up to the challenge ahead. It’s only a matter of time before they cement their spot at the top of the table.