Manchester City manager delighted with victory against Arsenal
Manchester United went top of the Premier League very briefly on Sunday, although City’s 1-0 win against Arsenal means that Roberto Mancini’s side continue to be the pace-setters.
December 18th, 2011
A David Silva goal early in the second half was the difference between the two teams, although Arsene Wenger will feel a sense of injustice after Robin Van Persie scored a perfectly good goal only for it to be chalked offside.
Nevertheless, Mancini was delighted with the character shown by his City team who continue their 100% record at Eastlands and is looking forward to the title race that lies ahead.
“For our character, this was a big test and we showed we are a strong team,” he said.
“It was very important for us after the Chelsea game. In football every team loses eventually and it is the reaction to losing that separates good teams from others. We wanted to go back to the top but we also know that the season is long, and we can’t win the title without having a fight with United.
“We know, too, there might be times when we are second but the important thing is where we finish and we have not lost any of our belief or confidence. We want to stay top for a long time now, not only for Christmas.”
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger conceded that his team will not win the Premier League title this term considering they are now twelve points behind City in the table.
“It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose,” Arsenal’s manager said. “If we had won, the gap would have come down to six points and we would have players coming back from injury for the second half of the season.”