The two favorite teams to win the Premier League this season, Arsenal and Manchester City, will face off Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal is by far the best team in the Premier League this season and amassed 50 points in the first half of the season after 19 games.
Manchester City is yet to reach their usual best this season and has already lost four games in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s side are now three points behind Arsenal, but Mikel Artete’s side have a game in hand.
However, Manchester United Icon Gary Neville has revealed that Both teams could damage each other and warned that the Premier League title is yet to be decided as more games are to be played.
What did Gary Neville say?
The former Manchester United Skipper said on the Sky Sports Podcast: “We’re nowhere near a run-in yet, and there’s been a lot of hype over the title in recent weeks.
“Ahead of this game, I heard what Sir Alex Ferguson would say all those years ago. I’m not sure Pep Guardiola or Mikel Arteta are wired in the same way, but Fergie would be getting right into us.
“He would be getting right into us in the next 48 hours, and he would be onto us and be saying, “This is it – we win on Wednesday, and we win the league.” He would be saying things like that to us.
“Man City haven’t won the league if they win on Wednesday, but the mentality might change. That’s the type of thing Fergie would be saying.
“I think Pep Guardiola will really fancy this against one of his prodigies in Mikel Arteta, who has done a wonderful job this season.
“Arsenal have been the best team so far, but they can be damaged on Wednesday. They can be very damaged. And so can Man City, and Arsenal should remember that.
“People will think City are hunting Arsenal down, but Arsenal can damage City too because if they play to the levels they can play, they will win the match, because City are not at their level yet.
“If they don’t, and they lack courage and conviction – which can happen with teams that haven’t won titles – Man City will go for it.
“It’s a really interesting game but we need to remember there’s still a long way to go in the Premier League title race after.”
Manchester City are seeking to win their fifth Premier League title in six years.
Asked about the importance of the clash with Arsenal. Pep Guardiola said: “Arsenal have a game in hand. We will see after all the games when the Premier League is finished.
“But we are going to London to try and get a win. When one team has made 50 points in the first leg it is because they are very good. We closed the gap today because the performance from the team was really really good.”