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Excessive Press Episode 24:


Episode 24 of Excessive Press focuses on this weekend’s title showdown between Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal on the Etihad Stadium.
Host Alison Bender is joined by Carrie Brown, Gerry Cox and John Cross to analyse this weekend’s match and have a look at the latest rivalry between the 2 groups.

20 years since The Invincibles

Starting the episode by reminiscing in regards to the Invincibles 20 years on, Cross says, “I all the time assume there’s a component of destiny in soccer. Perhaps there’s one thing in there [for Arsenal this year]”.

Attempting to narrate to the impartial’s angle, Bender was cautious of being accused of ‘media bias’, however Cox was open about followers typically desirous to see extra selection on the prime of the Premier League.

He provides, “The final time we had an outlier within the Premier League was in all probability Leicester… Arsenal being again within the combine is clearly factor… it’s acquired to be higher than having the identical winner 12 months after 12 months after 12 months.”

After lacking out final season, Brown notes how Arsenal are nonetheless feeling the ache.
“One factor I see in that dressing room, each time they arrive off the pitch, is that damage of coming so shut final 12 months.”

Arteta has acquired the dressing room proper

Persevering with the evaluation of final season, Cross says, “I genuinely don’t assume it was about bottling it. I believe it was way more about Saliba and his damage.”
The panel all reward how Arteta has revamped the Arsenal dressing room, with Cox drawing comparisons to Alex Ferguson when he first took over at Manchester United and the way Mauricio Pochettino shifted deadwood at Spurs.

Wanting forward, Cross believes Arsenal have ‘marginally’ acquired the toughest run in of the three groups left within the title race.
“Arsenal have gotten to go Spurs, they’ve acquired to go to Previous Trafford. They’ll nonetheless be chasing the Champions League spot.”

Arteta has advanced

He additionally highlights a doubtlessly wild fortnight for the Gunners in the event that they get previous Bayern Munich within the Champions League.

Cox questions whether or not Arsenal have learnt from their collapse final season or if it will likely be taking part in on their minds within the closing weeks of the marketing campaign.
Bender is extra assured that Arsenal are mentally sturdy sufficient. Each Brown and Bender imagine it will likely be nearer than the hammering Metropolis handed out on this fixture final season.

Cross thinks Arsenal are a lot bettered positioned than they have been in 2022-23.
“That’s the purpose, isn’t it? It’s important to imagine. It’s important to imagine to face an opportunity of getting something.”

Failure if Arsenal don’t win PL?

Whereas the circumstances are totally different, Cox believes Arsenal might be disenchanted to finish the season empty-handed. Brown is complimentary of how they’ve competed even with Champions League commitments. Cross sees all of it as progress below Arteta, no matter in the event that they find yourself trophyless.


Cross and Brown each fancy a Metropolis win, however Cox and Bender appear to assume a draw is a probable consequence. What are you predicting this weekend?

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