Premier League: Pep Guardiola Aims Thinly Veiled Dig at Arsenal Over Their Title Surge

Premier League: Pep Guardiola Aims Thinly Veiled Dig at Arsenal Over Their Title Surge

Rene Otinga
updated at April 6, 2024 at 7:45 PM
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  • Manchester City are embroiled in an intense battle for the title
  • The Cityzens are being pushed to their limits by Arsenal and Liverpool
  • Pep Guardiola admitted he’s never been in a three-horse race before

Pep Guardiola recently sent a subtle dig at Arsenal while speaking about the intense Premier League title race.

As it stands, the title race is out of Manchester City’s hands, with Liverpool holding the advantage with fewer than 10 games remaining.

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Pep Guardiola during match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on April 6, 2024 in London, United Kingdom. Photo by Sebastian Frej
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Pep Guardiola’s side faced Crystal Palace on Saturday, April 6 with the chance to keep up pace with the Reds and before kickoff, Guardiola spoke on the title race where he made an interesting admission.

The Spaniard admitted to TNT Sport this was one of the tightest races he had ever been involved in. He aimed a subtle jibe at Arsenal while naming iconic rivalries with his former teams.

“In Barcelona, it was always Barcelona and Madrid. With Bayern Munich it was Dortmund, so yeah maybe it is the first time with three… ‘What is Arsenal doing here?’ No, [they’re] welcome.” Guardiola said when asked whether this was the tightest title races he has experienced.
He added: “So, yeah, it’s three top teams, I would say, so at the end, we arrive at the end with a small margin of difference and we know exactly what we have to do.”

According to Guardiola, his side now has to win all their remaining games and hope that their rivals slip up in the final lap.

Man City, Arsenal win on Saturday

City proved too strong for Crystal Palace as they came from a goal down to claim a 4-2 win at Selhurst Park.

Kevin de Bruyne was in inspired form, bagging a brace and assist as Rico Lewis and top scorer Erling Haaland got the other goals.

Substitute Odsonne Edouard scored a late goal for Palace, but it only proved to be a consolation, as reported by BBC.

Meanwhile, in the late kickoff, Arsenal were too strong for Brighton as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Ammex Stadium.

Now unbeaten in 11 games, the Gunners took the lead through Bukayo Saka’s penalty before Kai Havertz doubled the lead in the 62nd minute.

Leandro Trossard then made sure of the result, scoring against his former side in a one-on-one situation.

With Liverpool set to face Manchester United on Sunday, Arsenal temporarily go top of the pile with 71 points. 

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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