Arteta’s Arsenal stealing Liverpool’s title as ‘mentality monster’ and winning tensely shows they are becoming contenders

ARSENAL proved they are the new ‘mentality monsters’ after being knocked back twice before beating Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp branded his Reds a “mentality monster” after they won the FA Cup in May, but they looked far from as they fell 14 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta has formed his own'mentality monsters' at Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta has formed his own ‘mentality monsters’ at ArsenalPhoto credit: Reuters
Jurgen Klopp dreamed up the tag after Liverpool won the FA Cup last season

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Jurgen Klopp dreamed up the tag after Liverpool won the FA Cup last seasonPhoto credit: AFP

The Gunners are firmly in a title race with Manchester City and are beginning to show all the positive elements of Pep Guardiola’s side.

They may lack a prolific frontman in Erling Haaland, but they make up for it with their intensity and a newfound “Never Say Die” attitude.

As is often the case with City, Arsenal scored an early goal through Gabriel Martinelli, who praised his side’s spirit after the game.

The north Londoners were not at their best against a determined Liverpool side but responded brilliantly to Darwin Nunez’s equalizer and led at half-time.

But that was only possible thanks to a brilliant character performance.

Despite the early setback, Liverpool dominated the ball and found their way back into the game with Nunez’s third goal of the season.

In years past, that goal may have caused Arsenal to collapse – but not on this occasion.

And while the Gunners didn’t immediately hit back, they dug deep and displayed a rudeness that’s now an integral part of Arteta’s side.

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Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka kept a close eye on Liverpool’s dangerous men and both broke Liverpool’s game, using the dark arts well to prevent the visitors from breaking the pace.

It might not have been pretty to look at, but it leveled the score and helped set up the win after Bukayo struck Saka just before half-time.

City is often praised for similar tactics and it seems Arteta has learned a lot from his training.

His team talks at half-time also had a positive impact as his players looked to finish Liverpool off in the second half.

Martin Odegaard missed a wonderful opportunity and a few moments later Roberto Firmino had the ball in the net to make it 2-2.

But Arsenal bounced back and another Guardiola player, Gabriel Jesus, won a penalty with 15 minutes to go.

Appearing after a few handbags between Xhaka and Jordan Henderson, Saka was the coolest man in the Emirates as he slotted in from 12 yards.

Arsenal have now won eight of their nine Premier League games and made a dream start to a busy October.

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The Gunners have three losses this month with six to go but the toughest games are already behind them and the win over Bodo/Glimt showed that there is real strength at depth.

Arsenal are a young side in new territory but with the composure, faith and spirit on display today they could easily challenge City for the title.

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