Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has laughed off a prediction that Manchester City will pip his side to the Premier League title.
The Gunners have enjoyed a fine season and are currently six points clear of Pep Guardiola’s team at the top of the table.
But a projection compiled by sports analytics company Opta predicted that City will end up being crowned champions again.
Areta was clearly amused when asked about the prediction at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s London derby against West Ham.
“If you asked them at the start of the season for sure it was like this, so nothing has changed,” Arteta said.
City have won nine consecutive matches in all competitions and their star striker Erling Haaland has scored an incredible 45 goals this season, making him the highest scorer in all competitions in a single campaign since the Premier League began 30 years ago.
But Arsenal themselves look strong – and Arteta is delighted with the progress they have made during his tenure.
He said: “The aim at the moment when I took the job was to bring the club back to where it belongs and is fighting and being around every single trophy that is possible at the highest level. That’s what we are trying to do.
“We are happy where we are and now we have to finish the job and that’s going to demand an extra bit from everybody.”