English Premier League

In a decisive game at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsenal emerged victorious with a slim 1-0 win over Manchester United.

This victory marks the Gunners’ 18th clean sheet of the season, setting them apart from all other Premier League teams. With this remarkable achievement under their belt, Arsenal now has a chance to clinch the Premier League title on the last day of the season, irrespective of the outcome of Manchester City’s upcoming game against Tottenham on Tuesday.

ESPN journalist Mark Ogden lauded Arsenal’s defensive prowess on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.

“They’ve been doing what title-winning teams do – they’ve got results without playing as well as you’d expect them to,” he said. 

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“With Arsenal, everyone is blinded by the Invincibles team [of 2003-04] and the Arsene Wenger teams that were brilliant to watch and won by two or three goals away from home, but this is a bit more like the George Graham Arsenal. [On Sunday] there were two banks of four against a Manchester United team that hasn’t got a cutting edge, and they were so rigid defensively, but that’s what you need in a title-winning team.”

“That’s what Arteta has done really well – he’s taken away that soft centre that Arsenal had for so long and he’s made them tough to beat. That is the building block of any title-winning team. We can talk about the goals they score and how exciting some teams are, but if you can’t defend, you can’t win anything,” he added.