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“They are waiting” – Pep Guardiola issues Arsenal warning to Manchester City players



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has issued a fresh warning to his squad ahead of the final week of the Premier League title race. 

The Sky Blues return to the capital to face Tottenham on Tuesday evening, with Manchester City requiring two wins from their remaining two matches to secure a record-breaking fourth successive Premier League title. 

Manchester City, who haven’t beaten Spurs in the league away from home since 2018, saw Arsenal beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to return to the top of the table. 

Pep Guardiola’s side can move two points clear of the Gunners ahead of the final day of the campaign with a victory in midweek, with West Ham due to visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

Manchester City are unbeaten across all competitions since early December, and beat Spurs in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in January, courtesy of Nathan Ake’s late goal. 

Arsenal and Manchester City have been locked in a title race for the second consecutive campaign, with the Gunners finishing second to the Cityzens last season. 

Jurgen Klopp had also been bidding to mark his final season with Liverpool by winning the Premier League trophy, however City’s win over Fulham on Saturday afternoon officially ended such ambitions. 

Arsenal, who face Everton at the Emirates Stadium next weekend, have a superior goal difference to Manchester City, with a number of dramatic potential outcomes available dependent on the result of Tuesday’s clash between Spurs and the Blues. 

Guardiola has warned that the Gunners’ relentlessness could impact Manchester City’s title hopes, praising the ability of Mikel Arteta’s side to remain in the title race. 

“They are there, they are waiting for us to drop points tomorrow, to have the chance in Arsenal’s hands to win the Premier League in the last game against Everton.

“They are not demoralised because still they are there. They (Arsenal) played yesterday and they were able to win the game.

“But the fact what we have done in so many, many years, that is quite impressive, to be honest. I cannot say anything to the team, whatever is going to happen in these last two games. It’s really unbelievable.

“Still we are there, but I would beloved for them to be demoralised Arsenal, and get off the competition one month ago, but it’s not the case. 

“It happened with Liverpool; with the numbers, with the consistency of their games, us and Liverpool, it was quite similar. I would say the same. Just, still we are there.” 

Manchester City failed to beat Arsenal this season, suffering a late loss at the Emirates Stadium in north London and being held to a goalless draw in the return fixture at the Etihad.