'Arsenal Are Title Contenders, Respect Man City' – Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta had previously been coy on the Gunners' title chances but admitted they are in the race, as he revealed that Arsenal should respect Man City's recent record
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has admitted his side are competing for the title after their 1-0 victory at Chelsea.
The Spaniard, however, called for respect towards Manchester City’s achievement in English football.
Since the start of the campaign, Arteta has been coy about the Gunners’ chances of wrestling the title from City.
But Sunday’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to Gabriel’s second-half goal appears to have changed his stance.
Arteta stated: “We are [competing for the title] today, but tomorrow is difficult.
“Just look at the last six years what Manchester City have done. With the best manager and best team in the world, they’ve shown it consistently in every single competition.
“We have to be very, very respectful of that and we’re getting much better as a team and competing much better and getting really good results but this is a long, long show."
Arsenal now have 34 points, two more than the champions who are in second place.