Guardiola says Man City must dig deep to catch starving Arsenal
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must dig deep to satisfy Arsenal’s hunger as they battle to close the gap to the Premier League leaders.
City fought back from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 4-2 on Thursday, with Riyad Mahrez scoring twice as the champions avoided a third successive defeat in all competitions. Guardiola’s side, who are five points behind leaders Arsenal, are chasing their fifth Premier League title in six years.
Arsenal, on the other hand, haven’t lifted the trophy since 2004 and the City boss believes that could have given Mikel Arteta’s men an edge in their climb to the top of the table. “We have the problem that we have four Premier Leagues in five years and Arsenal have two decades with nothing,” said Guardiola, whose side will face Arsenal in the FA Cup next week and in the Premier League in February.
“I see Arsenal games and they are doing everything right – that’s why they are up front and they deserve it.” Aware that his players need to fire on all cylinders as they hunt down Arsenal, Guardiola called on City fans to give his team a boost with their vocal support.
“Our fans have to push us, demand more, have to shout ‘Come on guys, I know how good you guys are, show us some more,'” he said. “We were lucky (against Spurs). Nine times out of 10 you don’t come back there. We are able to do that, like we came back to Aston Villa and many times, but we are not able to do it every time.
“The players are training really well but there is something here in the clouds, which you cannot express in a million details and we don’t have it at the moment. We miss it.” Arsenal, who also have a game in hand against City, host Manchester United on Sunday, with City at home to Wolves earlier in the day.