April 20, 2019

Wenger’s strong message after Manchester City draw

Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City on Sunday (2/04/17) to stay seven points behind the fourth-placed visitors.

According to Reuters, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero twice gave City the lead in the first half, but Arsenal equalised through Theo Walcott before Shkodran Mustafi’s header after the break ensured the points were shared.

The result takes City, who visit Chelsea on Wednesday, on to 58 points, five clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand, and a point behind Liverpool, who have played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola:

“We didn’t play in the first half, after the goal we forgot to play, the desire went. In the second half we played more.

“We suffered a lot in the first half because we did not make those passes together.

“On Wednesday we play against a team [Chelsea] who is stable in what they do. We don’t have too much time to prepare but we go back to Manchester now and recover and then come back to London.”

Arsenal, in sixth, now have 51 points and are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish for the first time since 1996.

They will bid to end a three-game winless streak in the Premier League when they host West Ham United on Wednesday.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger:

“We were nervous and surprised by their start. I feared that we could start with the handbrake on because of the pressure we are under.

“We are in a tough battle for the top four. I am professional and I have shown great loyalty in the past.

“I love this club, I don’t know how long I will be here, I am clear in my head, that’s the most important thing. The decision will be soon.”

Arsenal have now lost just one of 20 home Premier League matches against Manchester City.

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