There is a lot of debate about what has gone wrong with Arsenal down the years and a lot of disagreement, but there is a good chance that most Arsenal fans will agree that our mentality has been a key component.
There is obviously a gap between Man City and Arsenal, a quick look at the soccer bet odds for the game next Wednesday highlights this, the Citizens are huge favourites.
It is also clear that Pep Guardiola has had an almost unlimited budget to build his team, however, it is never down to just money, any successful team has to have the right mentality. Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy of creating mental monsters has proven that even with a lesser budget the biggest spenders can be beaten.
That has been one of the biggest problems with Arsenal down the years, mentally they have crumbled, the wasted soccer bets on the team from the end of last season are a testament to that, when the lads crumbled over the last seven to eight games. Mentally they just deteriorated with every single setback.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, the soccer betting odds on the Europa League final had Chelsea and Arsenal fairly even but looking back now it really was fairly obvious that Unai Emery’s men were not in the right mental state, not after failing to make the top four when it was basically nailed on.
Mikel Arteta knows this, that is why he has been working on the fragile mentality in the team. Ask yourself this, would a ten-man Arsenal have made a comeback to grab a draw at Stamford Bridge under Emery? Would they have done that in the latter years under Arsene Wenger even?
Man City are obvious favourites for the upcoming game, their squad is brimming with talent, but you have to question their own mentality at this moment in time.
Arsenal is not a team that they have a particular grudge with, they are not really title challengers and the Champions League has to be their priority this season. The point is that the game against Arsenal is not really a game that they will be 100% mentally focused on.
Of course, they will be professional, Pep Guardiola will have them well-drilled but for all the will in the world they will not be up for this game as much as they will be for the second leg of the Champions League game against Real Madrid.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will be well up for the game, they are absolutely desperate for the win, far more than City and that could be the difference come 17th June.