Portugal national team head coach Roberto Martinez has argued that Arsenal have grown in mentality in the ongoing Premier League title race. The Gunners led the league for most of the 2022/23 campaign, sitting eight points clear at the top of the pile.
However, poor form in the final months of the season saw Manchester City win the title. But Pep Guardiola’s side have relegated Mikel Arteta’s men after 14 games of the season, with the north Londoners leading the way.
Former Everton boss Martinez has blamed Arsenal’s improved mentality as part of the reason. Speaking about the Gunners on Prime Sport, the Spaniard said: „I think they grew up with that mindset.
„To play in the top games you need that certain mentality, not necessarily to play well but to win. We saw Arsenal play against Manchester City and they couldn’t win because they played well at home.
„This season, they’ve already beaten Manchester City and won the Community Shield. They’ve been a different team in terms of mentality in the Champions League, a team that can win away from home.
„There is an evolution and that mentality will make a big difference – if they get the same lead they did last season, I don’t think Arsenal will lose it.” Arsenal manager Arteta also agreed with Martinez in terms of improving his mentality.
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„At the end of the day, it’s about the ability and the amount of resources to win a game, how many ways you can find to win a game,” Arteta said last week when asked about the north Londoners going free. „Sometimes the weather won’t let you [to play in the right way]Sometimes it’s fatigue because you played three days ago, sometimes it’s the opponent, sometimes you’re not at your best, but the team always finds a way to win.
„Regardless of what happens, a lot of it comes down to mentality and the will to win. Take it personally and make it happen.”
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