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Rodri: Arsenal's ‘mentality’ Cost Them The Title

Rodri: Arsenal's ‘mentality’ Cost Them The Title

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Rodri has claimed Manchester City beat Arsenal to the title due to a superior "mentality", criticising the Gunners for not wanting to defeat the champions in their March encounter.

The Spanish midfielder rounded off the scoring in City's 3-1 win over West Ham to secure a fourth league title in a row for Pep Guardiola's side, who finished two points ahead of Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.

Rodri even went so far as to claim that Arsenal settling for a point at the Etihad Stadium clash against City on March 31 was the reason they gave up the title.

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The claims come even though City failed to beat Arsenal in their three encounters this season, while Guardiola's side were also winless in their two matches over third-placed Liverpool.

When asked how his side achieves such consistent success, Rodri told Optus Sport:

"To be honest, I think it's in here," pointing to his head. "It's the mentality.

"Arsenal, also they deserve [to win the league], they did an unbelievable season, but I think the difference was in here [pointing to his head again].

"When they came here, they faced us at the Etihad, I saw them and said: 'Ah, these guys, they don't want to beat us, they just want a draw.’

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Source: BBC Sport

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