Pep Guardiola Offers Bizarre Solution of How Manchester City Could Have Beaten Arsenal in EPL Clash

Pep Guardiola Offers Bizarre Solution of How Manchester City Could Have Beaten Arsenal in EPL Clash

Joel Reyes
April 1, 2024 at 8:02 AM
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  • Manchester City and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in the Premier League on Sunday
  • The defending champions struggled to break down the Gunners’ defence at the Etihad
  • Man City boss Pep Guardiola offered a bizarre solution to his team’s attacking problems

Manchester City's defence of their Premier League title is hanging by a thread after they were held by Arsenal to a goalless draw on Sunday.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Pep Guardiola, who saw his side lose ground to leaders Liverpool in the title race.

The City boss' frustrations were evident in the press conference following the match as he offered a weird solution to his team's attacking problems against Arsenal.

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Pep Guardiola reacts before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal on March 31. Image: Justin Setterfield.
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Guardiola's weird take in press conference

He was asked by a reporter what kind of solution there is for a team "playing against an opposition with a low block?"

Guardiola, who had difficulty solving that particular problem in the match against Arsenal earlier, provided a bizarre take, saying, "Kill someone, maybe?”

Some may have not liked the joke of Guardiola, but it's easy to understand why he wanted a numerical advantage against Arsenal on Sunday.

Man City vs. Arsenal stats breakdown

City found it difficult to break down the Gunners' defensive-minded lineup over the weekend despite having the majority of the possession (72%).

They recorded more attempts than Arsenal (12 vs. 6), but it was the Gunners who had more shots on target on Sunday, per Opta.

City had a couple of big chances against Mikel Arteta's men, which they both spurned. Erling Haaland had a terrible afternoon for the defending champions as he was locked down by the excellent Gabriel.

His performance was so disappointing that Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane compared him to a League Two player after the match.

Premier League Top 3 table

Sports Brief recently reported on the Premier League Top 3 table.

Arsenal hold the advantage in their head-to-head matchups, scoring eight points from their meetings with Liverpool and Manchester City this season.

City and the Reds failed to win any of their matches with the top 3, each recording three draws and one loss.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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