Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has clearly learned from last season's mistakes when challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title. The Gunners moved within a point of the reigning champions on Saturday after picking up a 4-0 win against Bournemouth — whilst City suffered a 2-1 defeat against Wolves.
Arsenal can leapfrog Pep Guardiola's side at the top of the table with a win against City at the Emirates Stadium next weekend — but Arteta has made it clear he is taking things one game at time. Speaking after the Bournemouth win, the Arsenal boss said: «Well, what I feel is that I am grateful we have won the game and that is the only thing that we can control.
»Now, I am just thinking on that bus how we are going to prepare for Lens. It is going to be a really tough match away from home on Tuesday to try to win it.
«City will be the next step. It is taking a lot of good things and move them for Tuesday, and again, try to make the decision with the line-up and the squad to maintain what we are showing.»
When asked about the significance on Arsenal's win against the Cherries, given that City suffered defeat, Arteta responded: «This is going to happen. No one is going to win every single game in this league playing the way we have to every three days.
»We have to be consistent in what we do, play and try to do the right thing to win the game. Some days it is not going to be possible and it is the seventh game of the season. It's still a long marathon."
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That final comment from the Gunners boss was very poignant as it highlights Arteta'sRead on football.london