Mikel Arteta has promised to break his Manchester City curse when Pep Guardiola arrives at the Emirates Stadium this weekend. A shocking run has resulted in Arsenal losing 15 of their last 16 games against the champions — including 12 consecutive Premier League fixtures.
Arteta’s only competitive win over City as a manager was the 2020 FA Cup final but he did beat his former side at Wembley again just two months ago in the Community Shield. City have become somewhat of a bogey team for the Gunners in recent years, losing just eight out of a possible 38 games since their 2008 takeover.
But the Arsenal boss is confident that this Sunday’s epic Premier League clash can mark the end of that losing streak. Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard highlighted previous rotten runs against Manchester United and Chelsea which are now a distant memory.
“I think (we can) change it,” Arteta vowed. “When I came here it was so many years at Old Trafford, and also at Stamford Bridge and we've done it. So let's change it. I'm aware of the qualities of the opponent, that's unquestionable.
“The only thing I put my energy on is that on Sunday we have to be at our best for 100 minutes. That’s the thing we can control and focus on because the rest is something that we can’t.”
Arteta also dismissed suggestions he will have a special plan constructed for City talisman Erling Haaland. While the Norwegian has sent shockwaves across Premier League defences since his arrival last year, scoring 44 times in 42 top-flight games, no goals in his last two outings has proven he is a mere mortal like the rest of us.
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