With the Premier predestined to end in Manchester, City looks to the calendar for which teams can complicate their lives. It so happens that to date they have not found any, although Arsenal are presented as a candidate to interrupt their winning streak. There is no one who knows better Guardiola what Arteta, nail and meat for years until the San Sebastian was encouraged to sit on the bench of an Emirates in which City has another test to take into account.
Despite playing with a ten-point cushion, he doesn’t want to give United or Leicester hope: “Game by game. That is the path that has led us to the leadership ”, he insists Pep in each press conference, owning that concept that he has defended so much Simeone. With De Bruyne and with the doubt of Gündogan, City appear in London with the confidence that comes from having won the last twelve games in a league that seems totally off the mark.
Arsenal, however, want to put the spice in England. He has recovered after having paid dearly the bill for a bad start and is now looking again with optimism to Europe: “These following commitments will define the season,” he explained Arteta, in love with the reinforcement of Odegaard. The Norwegian has given the team another air and Arsenal are beginning to recognize themselves in an eleven in which they cannot miss either Smith-Rowe Y Aubameyang.
After the win against Leeds, the most difficult clash of the year awaits the team: “City? Right now, the best in Europe. For consistency and for performance, there is no question. He has his weaknesses but no one reaches his level ”, acknowledged in the anteroom a Arteta who knows what it means to win over his mentor. Last year, in the FA Cup, Arsenal eliminated in the semifinals a City that over the months has gained in reliability, especially in the defensive plane.
As it happens with Mourinho or with Klopp, the duel between Guardiola Y Arteta now charges more interest than ever. Although the Catalan does not want to hang the medal of having taught his colleague: “I don’t think he owes me anything. Both he and other helpers I’ve had have also given me a lot. We all complement each other ”, he pointed out on Friday, aware that with the Premier as it is, many glances are going to point to the local bench and the Emirates visitor.