Mikel Arteta hopes fit Arsenal squad will not repeat last season’s run-in

Manager confident his ‘exceptional players’ will have learned from mistakes against Bayern when they face Aston Villa

Such is Mikel Arteta’s attention to detail that it surely will not have escaped him that this week’s thrilling 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Bayern Munich took place one year on from another topsy-turvy game that ended with the same scoreline.

It now seems remarkable that 12 months ago the Arsenal manager was acknowledging Aaron Ramsdale’s crucial role in rescuing a point for his side against Liverpool despite leading 2-0 at half-time, with the goalkeeper producing a string of brilliant saves in stoppage time after Roberto Firmino’s late equaliser. “He was superb again today,” Arteta said. “You need your goalkeeper at Anfield.”

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