The Hindu (Mumbai)

Leader Arsenal faces a tough ask at Man City


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City since 2007/08.

Arsenal travels to Manchester City on Sunday seeking to complete a rare double over Pep Guardiola’s men in a match that could prove decisive in the threeway Premier League title race.

Liverpool can move three points clear of current leader Arsenal and four ahead of City if it beats Brighton at Anfield earlier in the day.

Arsenal became just the fourth team to win each of its first eight Premier League games of a calendar year when it beat Brentford in early March — the previous three clubs to do that all went on to win the title.

The Gunners’ record against City in the Premier League is dire, with 12 defeats in their past 13 games, though their lone victory came at the Emirates in October, courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli’s deflected strike.

“It feels like a big win,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. “It is a special one.”

Arteta’s men look a more battlehard­ened force than last year, when they stumbled at the end of the season, opening the door for City to cruise past to a third straight title.

Repeating the feat at the Etihad is a different order of magnitude. City are unbeaten in their last 38 home games in all competitio­ns. Brentford was the last visiting team to leave with a win and that was in November 2022.

If Arsenal does manage to complete the first league double over City since 2007/08, it could be the boost it needs to get them over the line.

Liverpool’s exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United ended its push for a trophy quadruple in Jurgen Klopp’s final season at Anfield.

The German manager, who has kept his team on track despite a deep injury crisis, brushed off any idea of a negative psychologi­cal impact after the 43 defeat at Old Trafford.

“In general, the team is in an outstandin­g situation in the moment,” he said. “That we got through all of these different, difficult situations is absolutely exceptiona­l.”

 ?? ?? Arteta’s men would be keen to complete the first league double over Guardiola’s
Arteta’s men would be keen to complete the first league double over Guardiola’s

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