MANCHESTER CITY IN POLE POSITION FOR ANOTHER TITLE
2023-04-28 · 2 min read · Champions League/Soccer
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With a dominant 4-1 win over top-of-the-table Arsenal mid-week, Manchester City is eyeing down a fifth league title in six years. City manager Pep Guardiola insisted for weeks that Arsenal are favourites, but after moving to within two points of Mikel Arteta's side with two games in hand, he changed course and said City are now in pole position.
Arsenal still top the table, but asked whose position he would rather be in, Guardiola said: "Absolutely my position now, because it's in our hands. We have to win the games in hand, but it depends on us. Until today, I preferred Arsenal's position.”
City crushed Arsenal thanks to two goals from Kevin De Bruyne and one each from John Stones and Erling Haaland. The prolific Norway striker also set up both De Bruyne goals and afterwards, Guardiola said the pair of City attackers had decided the game. Despite the lopsided scoreline, Arteta refused to concede defeat in the title race, but he admitted Arsenal may have to win all five remaining games to have a chance of finishing above City.
Despite his manager's confidence and the prevailing feeling that City will win the title and perhaps even the treble, City's De Bruyne was quick to remind everyone that there is a long way to go. "We know what people will say, but it is still seven games," De Bruyne said. "I know we have games in hand but we are still behind them. We will not give in until it cannot mathematically be done. Our schedule is hectic and there is a lot of things going on."
Arsenal’s remaining schedule is as follows: vs Chelsea, @ Newcastle, vs Brighton, @Nottingham Forest, vs Wolverhampton.
Man City’s remaining schedule is: @Fulham, vs West Ham, vs Leeds, @ Everton, vs Chelsea, @ Brighton, @ Brentford.
By: Aaron Cantin