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Results against top teams 'highlight the marked progress'

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While many neutrals will have been frustrated by Arsenal's lack of attacking intent, their ability to stop this deadly Manchester City side from scoring in both Premier League match-ups must be appreciated.

Across 180 minutes, Pep Guardiola's side managed just two shots on target against Mikel Arteta's men.

For much of the past decade, Arsenal fans have suffered humiliating defeats in games like this, so to come out of the four matches against Liverpool and City with two wins and two draws highlights the marked progress.

I am sure 99% of Arsenal fans, including myself, will be more than happy with making the game a little more boring for the neutral at times in a bid to blunt the attack of teams that have previously demolished us.

It further reinforces the need for another forward with pace, though - especially when Arsenal lacked that extra bit of energy on the flanks with both Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka not fully fit.

Liverpool already had a star front three and went and bought Luis Diaz a couple of years ago. He made an impact then, and still is now, with an instinctive finish against Brighton to send them top of the table.

Oli Price-Bates can be found at The Fresh Arsenal podcast

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