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Pep Guardiola starts Mikel Arteta's mind games

Arsenal's advantage at the top of the Premier League standings has been addressed by Pep Guardiola.
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Mikel Arteta will feel the weight of the burden mounting on his shoulders, according to Pep Guardiola, now that they have a lead in the title race. As long as there were no expectations for Arsenal, the manager of Man City allowed them to play freely and build an eight-point advantage. But he stressed that the Gunners will experience the same kind of pressure that he and City take for granted every campaign now that they are out of danger.

“I don't know how many years they haven't won the Premier League, so maybe that's a benefit”, he remarked. “However, Arsenal and Manchester United currently have an edge over Manchester City in that neither team must win the Premier League with a 20-point lead in November, which can be a major issue at times. City, who trail the Gunners, whose last title came in 2004, by eight points with a game remaining, head to west London for tonight's matchup with struggling Chelsea.”

Despite the fact that Arteta's team was held to a scoreless tie by another championship contender, Newcastle, on Tuesday, Guardiola stated that he was really impressed with Arteta's team and that his own team is starting to heat up. He stated: “I was quite impressed with how Arsenal played against Newcastle; they lost two points but didn't lose their quality. However, the manner we played in our most recent games makes me feel good. Even if we perform poorly tomorrow, the mood is positive. Our video games are superior. What I still want to see is fight; don't give up, not now; we can battle to win the Premier League until the last chance, till the last drop of water."

“Man City have pressure than Arsenal and Man United”

As the Premier League season approaches halfway, Arsenal leads the defending champions by eight points, while a resurgent United pulled even with them with a convincing home victory over Bournemouth. City has a stellar track record at Stamford Bridge, but they'll face a Chelsea club that has a lot to show as they attempt to move up from the bottom of the table. Given that Mikel Arteta's young team is competing for the Premier League title for the first time, some observers have viewed Arsenal's draw with Newcastle at home as a slight setback. Guardiola, however, disputed the notion that City have an advantage over them in terms of experience by pointing to the rich history of the Arsenal.

Pep believes Arsenal and Manchester United are real contenders in the EPL's title race

Pep Guardiola, the manager of City, also thinks that his squad will have to deal with higher expectations from outsiders who think the champions ought to have already won. Because neither team was anticipated to pose a major threat at the start of the season, Arsenal and United do not feel that strain.

The benefit of Arsenal, according to Guardiola, is that Arteta does not have to win the Premier League with a 20-point lead in November. "I was quite happy with how they played against Newcastle again. They lost two points, but they didn't lose the level of play they were doing. This is how I feel. The smell of the history of Arsenal has to be there when you play [them], even though I don't know what will happen in the future—I've said many times that I can't answer that." Currently, nobody needs to win the Premier League to be 20 points ahead in November like Man City does, which is a major advantage for Arsenal and Manchester United. Anything is conceivable when Arsenal is undefeated and you are eight points behind. However, when I consider how we performed in our prior contests, I feel encouraged.” Pep said.

Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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Premier League
Overall table PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1 Arsenal 50 19 16 2 1 45 16 29
2 Man City 45 20 14 3 3 53 20 33
3 Newcastle 39 20 10 9 1 33 11 22
4 Man Utd 39 20 12 3 5 32 25 7
5 Tottenham 36 21 11 3 7 40 31 9
6 Brighton 31 19 9 4 6 37 27 10
7 Fulham 31 21 9 4 8 32 30 2
8 Brentford 30 20 7 9 4 32 28 4
9 Liverpool 29 19 8 5 6 34 25 9
10 Chelsea 29 20 8 5 7 22 21 1
11 Aston Villa 28 20 8 4 8 23 27 -4
12 Crystal Palace 24 20 6 6 8 18 27 -9
13 Nottm Forest 21 20 5 6 9 16 35 -19
14 Leicester 18 20 5 3 12 28 35 -7
15 Leeds 18 19 4 6 9 26 33 -7
16 West Ham 18 20 5 3 12 17 25 -8
17 Wolverhampton 17 20 4 5 11 12 30 -18
18 Bournemouth 17 20 4 5 11 19 42 -23
19 Everton 15 20 3 6 11 15 28 -13
20 Southampton 15 20 4 3 13 17 35 -18