Arteta says Arsenal can change 'narrative' to their season with win

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal can change the ‘narrative’ of their season if they are able to get a shock win against Manchester City after making their worst start to a Premier League campaign in the club’s history

  • Mikel Arteta was speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City 
  • Arsenal have suffered their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign
  • The Gunners opened the season with defeats to Brentford and Chelsea
  • They’re hoping to carry momentum from their 6-0 Carabao Cup win mid-week
  • Arsenal are assessing the fitness of Bukayo Saka going into Saturday’s game 

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have the chance to change the perception of their start to the season when they travel to champions Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal have lost both of their first two Premier League games, against Brentford and Chelsea, without scoring.

They ended their winless and goalless start to the season with a 6-0 EFL Cup thumping of Championship West Brom last night but Arteta believes their trip to the Etihad represents a real opportunity to lift the mood.

Pressure is mounting on Mikel Arteta ahead of his return to Manchester City on Saturday

‘It can be great,’ he said. ‘It would be a massive lift to go up to Manchester, against the champions and get the win.

It will change the narrative a lot. It will help us in the table for sure because we need the points.’

Arteta spent three years at City as assistant to Pep Guardiola and, given the scrutiny on him and Arsenal, his answer when asked what the most valuable thing he learned from his time at the Etihad was especially significant.

Arsenal have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season with two defeats

The Gunners will assess the fitness of Bukayo Saka after an injury from their Carabao Cup win

He said: ‘First of all you have to believe in what you do and in any difficult moment you stick to what you do. The whole team, the whole club ethics are what we believe in and all decisions are made all the time in that direction.’

Arteta also confirmed that Bukayo Saka is one player Arsenal are assessing after he was hurt following a late tackle against West Brom.

‘He [Saka] was limping after the match. We will see today how that knee reacts. He had a knock yes. ‘We have one or two doubts from the previous game [Chelsea] as well. We will know more tomorrow when we all train together. He [Saka] was limping after the match. We will see today how that knee reacts. He had a knock yes.’

Arteta will hope to pick up a win against the side where he was assistant to Pep Guardiola




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