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Manchester City star warns teammates to ‘get ready for a fire’ ahead of Arsenal showdown



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Phil Foden has told his Manchester City teammates to ‘get ready for a fire’ in the build-up to the Premier League champions’ visit to the Emirates Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and his players make the trip to North London on Sunday afternoon knowing that a victory would mean they are guaranteed to sit top of the Premier League table heading into the October international break.

Manchester City will be hoping to build on their victory against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night by returning to winning ways in the Premier League, after their 100 per cent winning start to the season was brought to an end by Wolves last Saturday.

One instrumental figure in the 1-3 victory at the Red Bull Arena in midweek was Phil Foden, who largely operated in an attacking midfield position and sparked the side into life when he opened the scoring in the first-half.

Speaking after the game, Phil Foden was asked about the upcoming challenge this weekend, and warned his Manchester City teammates that they should expect a ‘fire’ at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

“Another big game coming up, we know how tough it’s going to be at Arsenal away,” Foden admitted. “There’s always the next game around the corner, and we have to be ready for that now. We have to recover the best we can, and get ready for a fire.”

Manchester City consider Arsenal as another serious challenger to their Premier League title aspirations this season, having battled to the bitter end with Mikel Arteta’s side last campaign en route to a third successive triumph in the division.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium last season with an audacious long-range effort, before Bukayo Saka brought Arsenal back on level terms prior to the half-time interval from the penalty spot.

The second-half saw dominance from Manchester City however, as Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland put the final nails in the Arsenal coffin to register a statement 1-3 win for Pep Guardiola’s side on the road.