Rodri Blames Arsenal’s Mindset for Missing Out on Premier League Crown

Rodri has implied that Arsenal’s mindset cost them the Premier League title, pointing out Manchester City as the first team to win four consecutive English top-flight championships. City narrowly beat Arsenal by a mere two points on the season’s final day, a 3-1 victory over West Ham, rendering the Gunners’ epic comeback against Everton irrelevant. Rodri netted the crucial third goal just before the hour mark, giving assurance to the atmosphere at Etihad Stadium after West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus closed in with a goal. City wrapped up the season with nine consecutive wins post a goalless draw with Arsenal in March while Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in April. Referring back to the goalless affair, Rodri blamed Arsenal for settling for a draw and intimated that their lack of boldness led them to defeat. In a conversation with Optus Sport about City’s achievements, Rodri highlighted the team’s mentality as a significant factor, stating, “To be honest, I think it’s in here. It’s the mentality.” He went on to say, “Arsenal, they also deserved [to win the league], they had an incredible season, but I think the difference was in here. When they came here and faced us at the Etihad, I could see it, saying, ‘These guys, they don’t want to beat us, they just want a draw.’ That mentality… I don’t believe we would adopt the same approach. We outsmarted them. If you give us one point, we will win the last seven, eight games, even though it’s a grueling challenge. So I think it all boils down to mentality.” Rodri remained undefeated in the Premier League throughout the 2023-24 season, with all three of City’s losses occurring during his suspension. He has now completed 50 consecutive unbeaten Premier League matches, second only to Sol Campbell who had a 56-game unbeaten streak between 2002 and 2004. City’s monumental success has now surpassed the records of clubs like Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United, who all won three straight top-flight titles. Furthermore, they are on the verge of becoming the first team to achieve back-to-back league and FA Cup doubles if they defeat Manchester United in the upcoming final at Wembley Stadium.

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