The Spaniard doesn’t see much wrong with the Citizens performance-wise as he tries to guide his team to a win.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Manchester City have been”very unfortunate” this year and hopes to face a fearsome reaction to their Manchester derby defeat.
Pep Guardiola’s side lost 2-0 in Manchester United on Sunday to depart Premier League leaders Liverpool needing only six points to win the title.
Truly, Jurgen Klopp’s men could become champions before their next game if City shed their back home games against Arsenal and Burnley this week.
City been beaten twice by United and after by Tottenham because Arteta abandoned his post as assistant to take control at Emirates Stadium, resulting in scrutiny over the state of the group under Guardiola, despite winning the Carabao Cup closing and documenting an impressive 2-1 victory at Real Madrid in the previous two weeks.
Arteta believes fortune hasn’t been on their side and is in no doubt that Arsenal has to be in their best to get a result at the Etihad Stadium.
“Sometimes little details make the difference. I think they have been very unfortunate,” he said Monday. “This is football. It can happen.
“We must be at our best, that is for certain, to have any chance of winning the match.”
Arteta is nonetheless excited about returning to the club where he learned much of his training craft beneath Guardiola after retiring from playing in 2016.
“It is going to be a really special night. I am very excited to get back there,” he said.
“Now, I am at a different position on another bench. I will defend my heart as well as I can.”
Arsenal battled to a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday which keeps them in the hunt for a Champions League place with 10 games to go.
The Gunners are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and only five adrift of United in fifth, a position that may be sufficient to qualify for Europe’s elite competition if City’s ban because of Financial Fair Play irregularities is maintained by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“It is still a ways to go. We would like to go game by game,” Arteta said. “Three months ago, it was impossible [to secure Champions League qualification]. Now, it looks somewhat more possible.”
Arteta added he’s optimistic the club will agree to a new contract with Bukayo Saka, who has impressed this year.
“The team is doing what it must do and holding discussions. Hopefully, we’ll find a result,” he said of discussions over a new thing.