We are there, that’s for sure’: Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are back in premier leauge title race

Mikel Arteta boldly declared that Arsenal had reemerged as serious contenders in the title race following their impressive 3-1 victory against Liverpool. According to the Arsenal manager, the team displayed the elite mentality that distinguishes top-tier squads.

Despite conceding a fortunate own goal by Gabriel Magalhães just before halftime, Arsenal rebounded with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard. Martinelli's goal, in particular, had an element of luck, arising from a miscommunication between Alisson and Virgil van Dijk that left Liverpool's net unguarded. Nevertheless, Arteta's side deserved the win and currently stands just two points behind the league leaders.

Arteta confidently stated, "We're definitely in the mix for the title. We aim to maintain our position. Our consistency throughout the season has brought us to where we are today. We take each game as it comes, understanding the crucial role of squad availability, a lesson learned from last season. Let's strive to make it happen."

Concerns arose when Oleksandr Zinchenko, described by Arteta as having "some feeling in his calf," exited at halftime. The Ukrainian's condition remains uncertain. However, Arteta reassured that Bukayo Saka, who also left the field early due to "a kick to the ankle or the back of his foot," suffered no serious injury. Additionally, Gabriel Jesus, absent from the game due to a knee problem, could potentially return for the upcoming match against West Ham on Sunday.

Arteta expressed delight in his players' mental fortitude, stating, "We demonstrated that today. To be the best with the best mentality, you have to deliver every three days. That's the challenge we face. Undoubtedly, we showcased that today against what, in my opinion, is the most in-form team in Europe."

Describing the match as extraordinary, Arteta praised his players for an incredible performance, acknowledging their dedication and effort, leaving nothing behind on the pitch.