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'We could not control it': Guardiola says three Arsenal players really troubled Man City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke to Sky Sports after his side picked up all three points against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners paid the price for starting the game terribly. Raheem Sterling took a little over a minute to score, and that put the visitors in an extremely strong position immediately.

However, we recovered brilliantly and arguably dominated the last 30 minutes of the first half. Guardiola noticed that and admitted after the game that Arsenal were the better side in that period before the break.

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He claimed that his side simply could not control three Arsenal players in the first half last night, but his tactical change at half-time made things a lot easier for City to keep hold of their lead.

Guardiola said: “The first 10-15 minutes was brilliant. Every action was simple, we didn’t push the action, we didn’t anticipate the action, the action came along through the passes and the movements. But, in the last 25 or 30 minutes, they were better than us in the first half.

“At half-time, we adjusted our pressing with Leno. We won a lot of balls that we couldn’t in the first half, especially on the left side – Saka, Tierney and Aubameyang created a three against two in this area (in the first half). We could not control it. But, it was better in the second half.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Nobody expected Arsenal to go out yesterday and beat Manchester City. The champions-elect were expected to absolutely demolish us at the Emirates, but we made it extremely difficult for them.

If we had started the first-half like we finished it, things would have been very different. Auba, Saka and Tierney were a constant threat down the left flank, and we were just one good final ball away from scoring and possibly taking a point away from the game.

That makes the result extremely frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do now. Mikel Arteta needs his team to bounce back immediately. If we don’t get past Benfica on Thursday, our season is over and we might as well kiss our hopes of playing in Europe next season goodbye.

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