‘The difference’ - Rodri reveals key reason Man City beat Arsenal to Premier League crown

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The Manchester City midfielder’s comments will infuriate Arsenal supporters after Sunday’s conclusion.

Rodri has claimed the main difference between Manchester City and Arsenal is the mentality of the players, and after the Blues were once again crowned Premier League champions.

In an enthralling race that was settled on the final day, City secured top spot and a fourth successive league title - a first in English top-flight history. City beat West Ham United 3-1 on Sunday to hold off Arsenal's pursuit, with the Gunners winning at home to Everton.

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Mikel Arteta’s side finished with 16 wins from 18 but that still wasn’t enough to overhaul City’s status as champions, while a winning run of nine straight league matches to end the season saw the Blues maintain their lead. 

The last time City dropped points in the Premier League was on 31 March when they drew 0-0 against Arsenal at the Etihad. Speaking after his side were crowned champions, Rodri said that day showed the main difference between the clubs.

“I think, to be honest, it’s in here (points to head). The mentality,” the Spanish midfielder told Optus Sport. “Great players are all over the league, the clubs. Arsenal, they had an unbelievable season. But I think the difference was in here (points to head again).

“When they come here, when they face us here at the Etihad, I saw them. Ah, these guys, they don’t want to beat us, they just want to draw. And that mentality, we wouldn’t do it the same way. 

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“We catch it and, at the end, if you give us one point we will win the last seven, eight games, no matter how tough it is. So I think it’s in terms of mentality.”

As for Rodri, he completed a remarkable campaign that saw him go unbeaten all season in the league, with all three defeats coming when the midfielder was absent. He’s now gone 50 Premier League games without losing, the second-longest run in the competition’s history.

Rodri also scored an impressive nine goals across the campaign, including the third in Sunday’s win over West Ham.

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