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Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League yesterday but manager Unai Emery was happy with the progress of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
Sergio Aguero put the Citizens in the lead just a minute into the game and, although Arsenal equalised through club captain Laurent Koscielny, the Argentine completed his 10th hattrick in the Premier League to keep the title race alive.
Arsenal slipped to 6th in the standings as a resurgent Man United leapfrogged them to finish the week in the 5th position after a 1-0 victory over Leicester City.
Asked whether Arsenal are closing the gap on Manchester City, Emery said: ‘I cannot say a lot about that. They showed their superiority at the end of the match.
‘We lost some duels. We have some young players who are playing their first year in the Premier League and they can improve a lot.
‘I’m very happy with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira’s performances today, but they also need time to improve and to take confidence, to take experience for their future here.
‘With the result, it’s not easy to say that, but there are some positives that we can look at from our players today.’
‘Last week we won and were with Chelsea in the fourth position, but we lost today, lost this position,’ Emery said.
‘But we are going to go game by game and thinking ‘win the next match’ and maybe if we win we can take the opportunity in the near future to be near the other teams and play with this motivation.
‘The difference between City and us is like this result. We need to do our work. Not a big frustration at moment, the result is the difference.’