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Mikel Arteta gives clear Arsenal response to Pep Guardiola Man City Premier League title vow

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta declined to comment on Pep Guardiola’s bold Premier League title claim about Manchester City. The Gunners extended their lead at the summit to five points on Man City and Liverpool with a last-gasp winner against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening.

After struggling to deal with Luton physically at points, Declan Rice stepped up to score the winner that further showcased Arsenal’s improved mentality. “We have to take it every game as it comes,” he said: “He (Saka) was here last year when they were eight points clear, and I feel like we have learned a lot as a group, especially with me coming in and understanding the team. There are so many good teams in the league this year and anything can happen, so we have to not be worried about anyone else and what the manager wants and keep ticking the games off.”

Last season, Man City and Arsenal were in a thrilling race for the title with Arteta’s side ultimately coming up short. Liverpool and Tottenham have made strong starts to the season which suggests a four-way race could be on the cards, however Arsenal and Man City are the obvious favourites.

Guardiola’s side have endured a difficult fixture run over the last few weeks with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. Despite scoring eight goals, the reigning champions drew all three fixtures with the Blues and Spurs both scoring late equalisers.

Despite that, Guardiola has been impressed with the displays of his players which saw him make quite the Premier League title vow ahead of the clash against Aston Villa. “My feeling today is we are going to win the Premier League – if we play at the levels we did against Liverpool and Tottenham, we are going to win it again,” he boldly admitted earlier this week.

“People don’t believe it after three draws but we are going to do it again. We know that it is not easy [winning four Premier League titles in a row], no team has done it yet, and that is why the difficulty is there. But if you ask what I’m feeling, I want to do it again.”

Following the late victory against Luton, Arteta was asked directly for his response to Guardiola, however he avoided being drawn into the latter’s possible title mind games. He said: “I am really happy that we won tonight’s game and I am extremely proud of my players.”

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