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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Gunners struggled to progress the ball to their attacking players as they lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Emirates Stadium
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Mikel Arteta has entered into the latter stages of the season knowing that he needs to rotate players if the Gunners are to finish their campaign on a high. The likes of Mohamed Elneny and Pablo Mari came into the team knowing they are not first choice, although Mari has particularly impressed with his performance in defence since the turn of the year. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Elneny's footballing characteristics are easy to work out and that's why he is considered a trusted squad player. However, his 97% pass accuracy rating against City didn't tell the full story as many of those passes slowed down Arsenal's play and resulted in possession being returned to the defenders. It was evident from the midfield performance of Granit Xhaka too that he needs Thomas Partey alongside him to push himself to the next level. Partey's progressive passing style and a tendency to move the ball forward makes him the most important cog of Arsenal's midfielder. He admittedly hasn't played the amount of games he would have liked due to injury, but when fit the Ghanaian has shown glimpses of the qualities that the midfield needs. Their opponents are expected to win the Premier League title but Arsenal would have rued Raheem Sterling's open header which made it a mountain to climb. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey line up (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) The Gunners have lost their last four league games against Manchester City without scoring a goal, and it was no different on Sunday evening. "When we conceded the first goal it put us in a difficult situation," said Arteta after the game. "It was tough.
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. After that the team reacted really well, were on top of the game and created chances but we lacked the quality in those situations to score the goal. "We got something wrong. We didn't do it in the first 10 minutes. It's a cross and Raheem Sterling cannot head a ball there. You cannot concede that goal. It was a tactical thing that we were prepared for but we didn't read it in the game."
The result itself was not a shameful one by any means. City now have 23 clean sheets - more than any other team in the top five European leagues or top four divisions in England - while also extending their winning run to 18 games. Arteta must see a sense of what he hopes to build when he looks at the City squad - and he can certainly get there with backing from the Arsenal owners. For now though it's all about those marginal gains and ensuring that the Gunners finish the season on a high.
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