Good evening and welcome to today’s press conference blog as we’re due to hear from Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal got off to the worst possible start with Raheem Sterling claiming a second-minute goal that had the Gunners facing an uphill struggle from which they were never able to conquer.
There were positives to be taken in how Arsenal remained in the contest, plus Kieran Tierney and Pablo Mari returned to the first-team following their respective injury absences, but the Gunners didn’t really lay a glove on Guardiola’s side.
We’ll be hearing from head coach Arteta shortly as he picks through the 90 minutes, comments on individual performances, Rob Holding’s injury – after the centre-back was taken off in the last 10 minutes – plus the week ahead.
Arteta on Holding’s concussion
Yeah that’s what they told me but if that’s the case obviously he will miss a few days I think
‘Help us!’ – Arsenal fans cannot believe what Mikel Arteta has done vs Manchester City
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s team selection for this afternoon’s eagerly anticipated Premier League tussle with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium has sparked no shortage of reaction from the Gunners supporters.
The Gunners, who were narrowly beaten by City in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, losing 1-0, will be looking to get back to winning ways after playing out a 1-1 draw with Portuguese outfit Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
Despite being held by Benfica in midweek, Arsenal will be looking to post their second successive league triumph this afternoon, following last Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leeds United.
But even though the Gunners produced a spirited performance against Leeds last Sunday, this afternoon’s tussle with City is going to be a much harder test for Arteta’s players, with City arriving in north London looking to maintain their grip on top spot.
With a massive test looming, Arteta has named his strongest team possible, with Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all included in the starting line-up, as the Spaniard looks to get one over on Pep Guardiola in the Premier League for the very first time in his managerial career.
As well as Saka and Aubameyang being included, Mohamed Elneny and on-loan Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard have also been handed starting berths.
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It was billed as a no-risk transfer.
When Arsenal signed Willian in the summer, it was done in the belief that the experienced Brazilian would hit the ground running and make an immediate impact at the Emirates.
He’d spent seven years in England with Chelsea, winning two league titles along the way, and he was settled in London. FULL STORY