Pep Guardiola doesn’t see Arsenal dropping points as he reacts to Tottenham Hotspur victory

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur away from home today to remain top of the Premier League table, and while they temporarily went four points clear of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side replied and cut the gap to a point following a 2-0 victory against Nottingham Forest some hours later.

The reigning champions still have an outstanding game left and the Gunners will be praying they drop points in their remaining four games.

Arsenal have three games left – Bournemouth, Manchester United and Everton – but winning them all will not see them land the title if Man City do not drop points when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham United.

Guardiola was asked if the result from the North London derby piled pressure on his players ahead of their game against Forest, and he had this to say following the match.

“We would have preferred they lost, but we cannot control what they do,” the Man City manager said.

“They got a good result, four games left. I don’t think Arsenal will lose any points so we know exactly what to do.”

Arsenal have been very impressive but could end up ruing that costly loss to Aston Villa two weeks ago.

They have shipped just 28 goals in 35 league games and have lost five times, and while they would have won the title in some of the previous campaigns with such records, Man City have been a stumbling block to their ambitions.

Guardiola’s side have lost only thrice and have looked invincible in recent months, so it would take some incredible performance from any of their remaining opponents for them to draw or lose going forward.

Arsenal are no longer in control of their destiny following that Villa defeat, but they have to keep winning to give themselves a chance of winning their first league title since 2004, and manager Mikel Arteta and his men will be monitoring Man City games and hoping they fumble.

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