Manchester City vs. Arsenal: The contest captured the contrasts between the two groups and revealed where each is at in its development.
A superb strike from Kevin De Bruyne from outside the box gave the home team the lead after just seven minutes as they assumed control of the game.
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Before John Stones headed in a De Bruyne freekick just before halftime, Manchester City had squandered many good chances to double its lead.
Even though Rob Holding cut the deficit, Erling Haaland’s 33rd Premier League goal of the season in stoppage time sealed City’s convincing victory. De Bruyne added a third goal in the second half.
With two games left to play, Manchester City has closed the gap on Arsenal to only two points after their victory.
De Bruyne didn’t say whether City was now on track to win a third straight Premier League championship, though.
“We know what people would say whoever won this game, but I think it’s so hard and a lot of things can happen,” De Bruyne said to BT Sport.
“There are still seven games remaining; that’s a lot of points, and although we have two games left, we still trail them.
People will predict that we will win the championship right away, but I know this team, and we won’t give up until it can be done mathematically.
Seven of City’s most recent Premier League games have ended in victories, and Guardiola discussed the mentality his team has maintained throughout this unbeatable run.
“We are back-to-back Premier League winners, so in September, October, and November, when you lose a game, I said: ‘We have time, we have time,’ and Arsenal in the beginning was completely the opposite – so every game is like a final,” the 52-year-old Guardiola remarked to BT Sport.
Mikel Arteta, Guardiola’s opponent, provided a frank assessment of his team’s performance and where Arsenal stands in the title fight.
Arteta declared, “We were defeated by the superior team. It is really challenging to perform at that level when they were great today.
We won’t give up, and with five games left in the league, anything is possible.
While Arsenal plays its next Premier League match against London rivals Chelsea, Manchester City will go to London this weekend to take on Fulham.
The victory on Wednesday also helped Manchester City’s quest for the Triple Crown.
Real Madrid, a 14-time champion of the European Cup, will play City over two legs on May 9 and 17, in the semifinals of the Champions League.
The current European champion will be a big challenge to City, but the team led by Guardiola will be full of confidence after defeating Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
On June 3, City will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final. One week before the Champions League final in Istanbul is scheduled to take place, City could complete a treble in the first-ever Manchester derby at this stage of the knockout cup competition. For more updates follow chopnews.com