Haaland, Grealish: When Manchester City Stars Knew They Would Beat Arsenal to Premier League Title

Haaland, Grealish: When Manchester City Stars Knew They Would Beat Arsenal to Premier League Title

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 6, 2023 at 5:24 PM
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  • Manchester City overtook Arsenal last season to win their third successive Premier League title
  • The Gunners spent the majority of the season at the top of the table before surrendering in week 35
  • Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland were confident their team would eventually win it

Manchester City stars Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland opened up on when they knew they would overtake Arsenal and win the Premier League title last season.

The Gunners topped the league table until week 36 when they surrendered their lead to their rivals and ultimately conceded the title despite their impressive run.

Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi's goal, while City beat lacklustre Chelsea 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Julian Alvarez's goal to wrap up the title.

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Manchester City star Erling Haaland celebrates with the Premier League trophy. Photo by Michael Regan.
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Pep Guardiola's side picked up just one point in their final two games against Brighton and Brentford after pipping their rivals to the title on matchday 36.

Haaland, Grealish speak on title race

Mikel Arteta's side led the table for most of the season and maintained a five to eleven-point gap with second-placed City due to the Citizens' games at hand.

Haaland and Grealish did not give up hopes of catching the leaders and eventually winning it and have disclosed to Sky Sports different times they knew they'd still win it.

"For me, it was the Liverpool game at home. I was so nervous. They were 1-0 up, but I knew if we win this, we are going to win it," the Norwegian said.
"It was still like five points behind, but we just had momentum, and I know we'd win games, we went on a run as well."

From the point City beat Liverpool 4-1, they went on a nine Premier League game winning streak till they were confirmed champions against Chelsea, including a 4-1 win over Arsenal.

“I thought these aren’t going to lose here, I’m sure we were like 6-7 points. I was thinking if we can get to that Arsenal game and we’re 3 points behind, I just knew if we got to that point, then I knew we were going to win,” Grealish added.

City and Arsenal are set to clash again this Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have lost 12 consecutive league games against Guardiola's side since 2016.

Guardiola surpasses Ferguson's UCL record

Sports Brief reported on Guardiola surpassing Ferguson's UCL record after City beat RB Leipzig 3-1 to maintain a perfect start to the defence of their title.

It was the 103rd win of Guardiola's Champions League career, surpassing Sir Alex Ferguson's 102. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti holds the record for most wins with 108.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.