After the defeat against Manchester City, it seems that the coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, has not lost his hopes regarding the championship title. The Londoners were beaten 3-1 at home by City, who already top the table thanks to a better goal difference than their opponents. However, Arteta expressed optimism for the future at the end of the meeting. The Spaniard said:
"They (Arsenal players) still have faith, I can feel it. They think they can make it. I have more confidence than I had before the meeting. With the performance and the level of play we witnessed, we had the feeling that we could beat them. Until they scored the second goal. We gave them (City) 3 goals and the game at the end of the match. Such mistakes cannot be made at this level... The difference was in the area, they had 3 chances and they used them. We had our chances and we didn't."
Arteta also appeared disappointed with the result, but admitted that City are one of the best teams in the world. The technician added:
"I'm more confident (of winning the championship) after watching a team go head-to-head with them (City). We have to think about the next one and in 3 days we have another challenge. I have more faith in my players."
Meanwhile, midfielder Martin Odegaard pointed out certain aspects of Arsenal's game that he believes need improvement:
"We were not sharp enough in front of the opponent's goal, and our own. Sometimes the odds work out, sometimes they don't. But this is the part where we need to improve and be more accurate and defend our zone. As we have said all season, we have to work hard and take it game by game. The same applies now. We lost one game, now we think about the next one."