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Mikel Arteta wants leaders Arsenal to treat trip to Man City as a home fixture

SoccerNews in English Premier League 30 Mar 2024

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Mikel Arteta will urge his Arsenal side to treat their trip to title rivals Manchester City as a home fixture.

The Gunners are a point above the reigning champions at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium – where Arsenal have lost on their last seven visits.

Arteta’s side, however, have the best away record in the Premier League as they look to win their first league title in two decades.

They have won nine of 14 games on the road and face tough trips to Brighton, Wolves and Tottenham in the coming weeks – as well as a Champions League quarter-final clash at Bayern Munich.

Asked why his team are so good away from home, Arteta replied: “It’s probably trying to play away like we do at home and to have that belief and aggression in our play.

“We have to play every team twice and we know the fixtures that we have and we’re looking forward to it.

“It is different, the previous games when we went there and this season. Now I hope we can show that on the pitch.”

While Arsenal have not won at City since 2015, Arteta has helped the club overcome a number of previous runs of results – including a 1-0 victory over the champions at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season.

“I think that belief comes from winning,” added Arteta when asked how the confidence has grown.

“You start to win in one ground where you haven’t won for many years. Then you do it somewhere else and it gives you belief and momentum.

“Now they approach away games very similar to home games. You cannot replicate it, but mentally the purpose that we play with is very similar.

“Hopefully we are constantly learning. We learned something from the games we played against Brentford and Porto and that is going to help us for the next one and against Bayern Munich and try to be better every game.”

Arteta is hoping he will be able to call upon Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes on Sunday despite the trio being unavailable for their countries during the international break.

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