The one time Arsenal fans wanted to see Tottenham Hotspur win, they bottled it and allowed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to close the gap to just five points at the top of the Premier League table.
Spurs took on the defending Champions last night. To many people’s surprise, they went in at the break with a two-goal lead, thanks to strikes from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal.
Manchester City, however, destroyed them in the second half and won 4-2.
Pep Guardiola makes ‘Arsenal will destroy us’ claim after Man City 4-2 Tottenham
When Manchester City signed Erling Haaland in the summer, everyone expected them to run away with the Premier League title.
To be fair to the Norwegian, he has delivered – scoring 22 times in the league already, which is outrageous considering he has played just 18 times in the competition so far.
That should’ve ideally been enough for City to be clear at the top, but there’s one club who have been much better than them this season – Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola faced the media after his side came from 2-0 down to beat Spurs 4-2. He was very honest and claimed that if his side play the same way against Arsenal as they did last night, the Gunners would absolutely destroy them.
He said in his press conference: “We are a happy flowers team, all nice and good. No, I don’t want to be happy flowers. I want to beat Arsenal. But if we play in that way, Arsenal will destroy us, will beat us.”
Three games in three months
Arsenal will face Manchester City on three occasions in the space of three months.
Next week, Arteta will lead his men to the Etihad in the FA Cup. That fixture will probably be a lot different compared to the Premier League game in the middle of February at the Emirates.
The final meeting between the two sides this season will be in April.
If things go Arsenal’s way in the coming months, maybe, just maybe, we could wrap up the Premier League at the Etihad to add to our collection of winning titles at the home of our big rivals.