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Guardiola explains why Arsenal is winning back-to-back games


Guardiola explains why Arsenal is winning back to back games

According to Guardiola, Arsenal’s lack of a Premier League title in recent years is benefiting them by allowing them to score goals in the later stages of matches.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has claimed that Arsenal’s lengthy period without a Premier League title is helping them to score goals late in games. He has also insisted that the Gunners are still the favourites to win the domestic crown.

 Despite City being five points behind Arsenal with 11 games left to play, Guardiola has praised Arsenal for their recent wins, including their latest 3-0 victory over Fulham. He has pointed out that their ability to score late goals, as seen in their 3-2 win against Bournemouth and their 4-2 comeback win against Aston Villa, is a result of their hunger to end their Premier League drought, which dates back to 2003-04.

On the contrary, the Catalan sensed City lacked that desire having lifted four of the past five league titles.

“They have many years without winning the Premier League and that gives you a little bit extra to win games in 93, 96, 98,” Guardiola told reporters.

“That is something they have that we don’t have because we have won back-to-back, two times.

“That’s why when people say about your opinion on the team and the season it’s after two times back-to-back and 50 points for our opponents in the first half still we are there.

“Normally in this country when you win something a lot and you don’t start well or someone is a bit better, you drop it. You are not consistent. Still we are there. This is the best trophy and compliment that we can have.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season but still they know that we want to be there and we will fight to be there and this is great.”

The contrasting recent states of the clubs, given Arsenal’s league title drought and City’s recent dominance, has ensured Premier League favouritism has remained reserved despite the Gunners’ lead.

But Guardiola pushed the narrative that Arsenal were the favourites, even after City beat them 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium amid the Gunners’ three-game winless run in February.

“Still Arsenal are the favourites because they are in front,” Guardiola said. “They made an incredible first leg, they dropped a little bit but now they’re coming back.”

Arsenal have six out of their remaining 11 league matches at home, but they will have to travel to face City on April 26. The Gunners also have some challenging away fixtures against Liverpool and Newcastle United, as well as hosting Chelsea at home.

Meanwhile, City also have six home games in their last 11 matches, including hosting Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Guardiola explains why Arsenal is winning back to back games

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