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Rodri dismantles Arsenal players’ mentality in brutal interview after winning Premier League title

Rodri brutally dismantled Arsenal players’ mentality after Manchester City cliched the Premier League title.
On Sunday Man City beat West Ham 3-1 to become the first side in history to win four English top flight titles in succession.
City knew a win would see them pip Arsenal to the title, and raced into an early lead thanks to a stunning strike from Phil Foden.
The Premier League Player of the Season soon added his second, before Rodri gave City breathing space after Mohamed Kudus had pulled a goal back with a superb overhead kick.
Arsenal did their job in beating Everton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, but unfortunately for Mikel Arteta’s side, the Hammers did not do them a favour.
This season the Gunners hung in the title race until the very end, an improvement on their title bid last season.
Yet despite that, City star Rodri highlighted the difference in mentality between the two clubs as a reason why City were able to make history.
When asked how City keep winning titles, the Spaniard told Optus Sport: “It’s the mentality. Great players are all over the league, at all the clubs. Arsenal also, they did an unbelievable season.
But I think the difference was here [the mentality]. When Arsenal came here at the Etihad, I saw them. Ah, these guys, they don’t want to beat us, they just want to draw. And that mentality, we wouldn’t do it the same way…”
Arsenal held City to a goalless at the Etihad back in March, with Arteta’s side completely changing their approach to successfully stop City’s free-scoring attack.
While that result kept Arsenal a point ahead of City in the table, they went on to drop points and City overtook them.
Only one player has a longer unbeaten run in the Premier League than Rodri.
City’s 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday saw Rodri further entrench himself as the most important player in Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side.
Indeed, City have lost on just three occasions this term, all of which came while the Spaniard was absent.
Rodri is on a British record 71-game unbeaten streak in all competitions without being on the losing side, with City’s penalty shootout loss against Real Madrid last month not counting towards official statistics.
Meanwhile, in the Premier League Rodri has not lost in 48 games.
Only three other players have achieved that feat – Kolo Toure (48), Thierry Henry (48) and Sol Campbell, with the latter having gone a record 56 games without losing in the competition.
Despite Rodri’s controlled, metronomic performances for City this term, he was not listed among the eight players shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Season award.
City teammates Phil Foden and Erling Haaland were among the nominees, as was Arsenal’s Declan Rice – who recently labelled Rodri as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, Newcastle’s Alexander Isak, Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins completed the shortlist.
Guardiola noted Rodri’s snub after City dispatched Fulham in the lunchtime kick-off.

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