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Manchester City have ‘no chance’ of title unless they improves, says Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City team to shape up or risk surrendering the Premier League title to Arsenal.

The City manager was heavily critical of his players’ performance in their 4-2 victory over Tottenham on Thursday, in which they had needed to fight back from 2-0 down.

Coming after a disappointing Carabao Cup exit at Southampton and an – albeit controversial – derby defeat at Manchester United, alarm bells have been ringing over City’s form.

Guardiola feels a spark has been lacking from his side’s play and, with Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table, he wants them to find it quickly.

Manchester City have ‘no chance’ of title unless they improves, says Pep Guardiola

City head into the weekend five points behind leaders Arsenal having played a game more

More from Arteta on Trossard

As the team news for Arsenal vs Man Utd edges closer to dropping here’s more from Mikel Arteta on new signing Leandro Trossard.

“In the summer we were looking for a player in that position and we weren’t able to do it, so it’s something that the squad needed,” Arteta said,

“With the injuries to Gabi and Reiss we’re really short in the frontline. We needed some reinforcements and in Leo, we’ve found a player who fits everything that we want.

“I think specificity is really necessary to our way of playing. It’s true that we need a few players who can fulfil certain positions and Leo is is one of them.

“The skill and composure he has in the final third and the technical ability to associate and link with people, it’s impressive. That’s what we need from our forward players.”

Will Trossard feature at the Emirates today?

Can City catch Arsenal?

Pep Guardiola was heavily critical of his Manchester City side after the champions needed to fight back from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 4-2 on Thursday.

Coming after a dismal Carabao Cup exit at Southampton and derby defeat at Manchester United, City’s first-half display further underlined recent concerns over their form and questioned the strength of their title defence while Arsenal continue to look strong at the top.

“We are far away from the team we had in previous seasons,” said Guardiola in an outspoken rant, adding that he felt the Gunners could “destroy” them on current form.

The Spaniard expects a reaction as City host Wolves today – they’re currently leading 1-0.

Can Arsenal beat United?

The ease with which Arsenal swept aside their north London rivals Tottenham last weekend underscored their status as legitimate title contenders, and possibly even favourites.

If they come through another enormous test against Erik ten Hag’s resurgent Manchester United on Sunday, few will doubt their credentials.

Casemiro’s suspension has dealt a major blow to the visitors, but as they head into recently uncharted territory, can Mikel Arteta’s men continue to hold their nerve?

Harry Maguire knows it is a ‘squad game’ at Manchester United

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire knows the importance of competition for places at the club.

The England centre-back has made just seven starts for United, and only one in the Premier League since August, so far in a season that has included him missing a series of fixtures in October due to injury.

Having played the full duration of the 3-0 win against Bournemouth on January 3, Maguire then made a late appearance off the bench in last weekend’s 2-1 derby victory over Manchester City, before being an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Harry Maguire knows it is a ‘squad game’ at Manchester United

The England centre-back has made just seven starts for United this season.

Ten Hag gives an update on Jadon Sancho

In recent weeks Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho has been training in Germany away from the first team squad on a specialised programme in order to get himself up to match fitness and back into the team.

He returned to first team training at Carrington this past week and United boss, Erik ten Hag is happen with the progress he’s made but thinks there is still a way to go for the 22-year-old.

“It is the next step. He still has a way to go.” said Ten Hag about Sancho returning to Carrington.

“He will know that, but when he makes this progress, then he can return in the group for games. Of course, we all hope that, because he is a great footballer.

“He has great skills that can help us. We have to cover so many games and we need quality players and he is definitely a quality player who can make a difference and we are expecting that from him.”

Arsenal vs Man Utd

This will be the third time Arsenal have hosted Manchester United in a Premier League match while top of the table.

The previous two such meetings ended in draws: 1-1 in March 2004 and 2-2 in November 2007.

Will there be a winner today?

Half-time updates

Two other Premier League fixtures kicked off at 2pm as Leeds host Brentford whilst Manchester City are taking on Wolves.

There aren’t many goals to speak but the inevitable Erling Haaland has one to his name.

Here are the latest scores:

Leeds 0-0 Brentford

Man City 1-0 Wolves

Arteta on Trossard

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke about his joy over signing Leandro Trossard from Brighton and how the 28-year-old will bring some much needed versatility to the Gunners’ foreward line.

“We are really happy to have him. He’s a player we have followed for a while now.” said the manager after Trossard’s move was finalied.

“The opportunity came – we had the necessity to have a player in the frontline who is versatile enough to play in different positions.

“He knows the league, he has enough experience here and I think he can have an immediate impact in the team. We have to think short-term, but medium and long-term as well. He gives us all of that.

“He’s a very intelligent player. When you look at his career and what he’s done in the last few years, he’s a player that fits our way of playing.”

Arsenal need ‘physical’ side of game to win Premier League title says Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta admits his Arsenal side still need to show they can roll their sleeves up and do the dirty side of the game as they aim to win a first Premier League title in 19 years.

Victory at the home of north London rivals Tottenham last weekend saw the Gunners go eight points clear at the top of the table.

They now host Manchester United on Sunday looking to avenge their only league defeat so far this season.

A 3-1 reverse at Old Trafford in September remains the only blot on Arsenal’s copybook in a campaign which has seen Arteta establish them as genuine title contenders.

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal need ‘physical’ side of game to win Premier League title

Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday looking to avenge their only league defeat so far this season.

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