Mikel Arteta‘s Gunners won three out of four in the Premier League but now face a testing run, with the start of their Europa League campaign sandwiched between games against City, Leicester and Manchester United.
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Willian as a false nine?
Arteta claims he may deploy Willian as a makeshift striker more regularly after giving the Brazilian a false No9 role today.
“We need to have the versatility to play in different formations occupying different spaces. I believe it was a game for him the way City play, attracting spaces, and he was convinced as well.
“It was obviously hard to leave two strikers on the bench, but it was a tactical decision. In some moments it worked better than others but he will grow and understand that position as we use him in other occasions, perhaps with different players.
“I am happy with the game he had.”
Thomas Partey came off the bench to make his debut and Arteta says it will take time for the midfielder to settle.
“We will see how quickly we can make it for him,” he said. “But we have to respect the process. He only trained one day and it is a completely different game model for him to understand.”
“We had a real go because in the first half there were moments when we had to defend deep.
“It is upsetting to see your team so deep, but second half we were more aggressive. We played in their half we could have crated more in the final third.
“To get a win here everything has to go your way and you have to be so clinical.”
Mikel Arteta also declared he was pleased with David Luiz’s display after being named in the starting lineup late on following Rob Holding’s warm-up injury.
“Players have to be ready because this can happen in the warm-up, we know that, and I think David Luiz came in and had a really good performance.”
Mikel Arteta reaction
Speaking to BBC Sport, the Arsenal boss said: “We created some big opportunities, maybe two or three, and we have to convert them if want to win matches like this.
“We didn’t, but apart from that the belief I sense in this team made me very proud.
“I have seen a lot of teams come here in four years working here. So I know to do what we did tonight is really difficult.
“Overall I cannot be any prouder. If we have to lose football matches, I would prefer to lose matches like this. So I can take a lot of positives, but I hate losing.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, the matchwinner said: “We dropped points early on in the season so it was important to keep on winning.
“Coming back from the international break we knew we needed a good performance and to pick up points to kick-start the season. Today’s result definitely gives us confidence.”
We will have all the post-match reaction from Arteta, Guardiola and the players coming right up…
FULL TIME: City win 1-0 in what Guardiola may consider a tactical masterclass. Arsenal struggled to get to grips with an incredibly fluid formation and rarely looked like getting back into it once Sterling had opened the scoring.
A disappointing return to the Etihad for Arteta.
88 mins: SUBSTITUTION Fernandinho comes on for Foden.
83 mins: SUBSTITUTION Double change for Arsenal. Nketiah for Pepe and Partey for Xhaka.
82 mins: Pepe’s 20-yard free kick goes wide.
77 mins: Some brilliant work from Cancelo on the right so nearly see Luiz put through his own net, but it goes out for a corner instead.
69 mins: SUBSTITUTION Lacazette on for Willian.
69 mins: That was a disappointing free kick from Luiz. High and never in danger of troubling Ederson.
68 mins: Booking for Dias for a rather cynical challenge on Saka.
66 mins: Lacazette is getting ready to come on for Arsenal.
65 mins: SUBSTITUTION Gundogan on for Aguero.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Subs: Stones, Gundogan, Steffen, Torres, Fernandinho, Delap, Garcia
Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang
Subs: Thomas Partey, Lacazette, Runarsson, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Elneny, Nketiah
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal have not beaten Man City in the league since 2015, though they have come out on top in two FA Cup semi-finals in the same period.
In all, the clubs have met on 201 occasions, with Arsenal winning 98, City 58 and the other 45 ending in draws.
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