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Pep Guardiola, the boss of Manchester City, openly admitted his fear of a particular Arsenal player. However, he expressed his hope that this player will not be fit to play against his team… “i just hope he should not fit against us”- Man City boss Pep Guardiola confessed



Pep Guardiola, the boss of Manchester City, openly admitted his fear of a particular Arsenal player. However, he expressed his hope that Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, would choose to bench this player when they face each other.


It is interesting to note that Guardiola’s fear does not extend to other talented Arsenal stars such as Saka, Odegaard, or Kai Havertz. This revelation comes at a time when Arsenal is enjoying a favorable position in the Premier League title race, having secured a victory while City and Liverpool settled for a draw in their recent match.


The highly anticipated clash between Guardiola’s City and Klopp’s Liverpool ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with goals from John Stones and Alexis Mac Allister.


Arsenal’s impressive run of form has propelled them to the top of the table with 64 points, surpassing Liverpool on goal difference and holding a one-point advantage over Manchester City.


This achievement puts Mikel Arteta’s team in a position of heightened pressure as they strive for the title.


Despite their hard-fought win against Brentford, Arsenal is well aware that the competition is far from concluded. In a recent interview with Miguel Delaney of The Independent, Pep Guardiola praised the speed and efficiency of Arsenal’s recent displays.


“We require 98 minutes to secure a victory, whereas Arsenal only needs 25 minutes to achieve a 3-0 win,” stated Guardiola, highlighting the Gunners’ proficiency in capitalizing on crucial moments during their matches.


Pep Guardiola acknowledged Arsenal as formidable opponents, stating, “They were our biggest rivals last season.”


“Observe their style of play. Liverpool often requires more than 90 minutes to secure a victory, whereas Arsenal occasionally only needs 25 minutes to emerge triumphant in their games.” [@_LiamGrace, @Metro_Sport via @VipArsena]


As the race for the title intensifies, one cannot help but wonder if there is a player whom Guardiola fears could pose a significant threat to City’s aspirations. One name that is likely to evoke such concern for the City Boss is Declan Rice.


Rice’s exceptional form throughout the season has been a standout for Arsenal, with his contributions of six goals and five assists as a defensive midfielder. He has become the engine room of the team, much like Rodri fulfills that role for Manchester City.


This talented Englishman has garnered the highest number of Man of the Match awards at Arsenal in the Premier League this season. In the past seven games, his performance has been even more impressive, as he has played a pivotal role in scoring or assisting crucial goals for the Gunners.


A recent example of his impact was seen in the match against Brentford at the Emirates, where he not only provided the lead for Arsenal but also came close to securing a victory with an unfortunate attempt that struck the top of the bar.


When Arsenal visits the Etihad, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be wary of Declan Rice. Just as Rodri is indispensable to Manchester City, Rice plays an equally crucial role for Arsenal. His dynamic performances have elevated him to a key position within the team, and his influence is particularly notable in critical moments, showcasing his ability to turn the tide of a game.


Arsenal’s upcoming clash against City holds even greater significance as we look ahead. The fact that Guardiola has acknowledged Arsenal’s efficiency speaks volumes about the respect earned by the league leaders.


Now, the Gunners must navigate this newfound pressure at the top, fully aware that they are genuine contenders for the title. Their recent ability to secure victories in both emphatic and resilient fashion showcases a team that is ready to take on any challenge.


While being at the top of the table is a position Arsenal welcomes, they now face the unique pressure of being the team to catch. Effectively managing this pressure will be crucial as they strive to maintain their lead and potentially clinch the Premier League title. Given the heightened competition this season, the eventual winner will undoubtedly feel a true sense of accomplishment in being crowned champions.


Arsenal’s ascent to the pinnacle has been marked by a blend of expertise, perseverance, and an unwavering drive for success.


As they reach the peak, the Gunners must uphold the attributes that propelled them to this position. The battle for the Premier League championship is set for an exciting finale, and Arsenal has firmly established themselves as contenders, poised to compete for the top honor in English football.