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Man City boss Pep Guardiola issues threat to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal ahead of crunch clash | Football | Sport

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Pep Guardiola says Arsenal could have to “fight until the last day” in the event that they are to take Manchester City’s Premier League title. The reigning champions meet current league leaders in a seismic clash on the Emirates tonight which could see City go top.

But Guardiola insisted that regardless of the consequence in north London, City will not be about to offer up their crown easily. “In the event that they beat us because they’re higher then that is sport, I’ll be the primary to congratulate them, as I’ve at all times done,” he said.

“But should you want it? OK, fight. Take it. It’s in our hands and we’ll defend this title until the last day. That is what I’d like. To fight to the utmost to attempt to retain the title.” Guardiola admitted City’s focus has slipped after back-to-back successes but said he has seen signs recently that his side are getting back right into a title-winning rhythm.

“It’s unattainable to win two leagues and each day to be perfect. Sometimes it happens naturally,” he said. “The opponents recover and have an enormous dream to win something that hasn’t happened for a very long time. Arsenal has an incredible history, greater than us when it comes to titles.

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“He was a very important figure in our club. I feel everyone here is in love with him!” said the City boss. “At the top there have been reasons (why he moved) and Mikel Arteta knew him well because they worked together.

“He believed he may very well be this piece to attempt to make the method (at Arsenal) a little bit bit higher. I’m pleased for him that it’s going well.”

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