Arteta wary of City’s stats

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Despite the blue half of Manchester enduring an indifferent start to the Premier League season by their own high standards, Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, is insistent that City aren’t a million miles away from a resumption of normal service.

Arteta takes the Gunners to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, five points better off than his former employers, but mindful that the stats suggested City should be better off than their fourteenth place suggests. 

“They are still producing incredible numbers in everything that they are doing,” the Spaniard explained. 

“In my opinion, they have been really unlucky with some of the results they got because they should have put games to bed very early in those games, and then the level of efficiency of the opponents, when they had half-chances, have published them a lot. 

“But I haven’t seen any decrease in the level of the way they are playing or in what they are producing game by game. I haven’t seen any of that.”

Arteta admitted he held a reasonable knowledge of Pep Guardiola’s methods, but little better than any other Premier League boss: “I don’t know about better, I know him very well because we worked together for four years very closely. 

“We both know how we think and the solutions that can be made, but after it is to try to prevent them or execute the football on the pitch when everything is going 100 mph which is very difficult and much more difficult than on tactics boards.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

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Brian Jeeves