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Arsenal will ensure Man City ‘perform at our best’ – Guardiola

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Manchester City host Arsenal in a Premier League showdown that has major implications for the destiny of this season’s title.

City and Arsenal are locked in a titanic battle with Liverpool to be champions in what is shaping up to the be one of the great title races, and this is the last match between of the three protagonists.

It sees Mikel Arteta come up against the manager who taught him so much during his time coaching at City before leaving for the Arsenal job. Arteta has transformed the Gunners into contenders and a run of eight wins in a row propelled them to the top of the table.

But City have beaten Arsenal at home for the past eight years in a row, and a ninth successive victory at the Etihad would be a major blow to Arteta’s dream of bringing a first league crown to north London for two decades.

Follow all the action from Manchester City vs Arsenal below, and get the latest tips, betting odds and free bets here.

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Follow Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE

Liverpool are still being held by Brighton in the day’s other title-related fixture, though the home side are applying a lot of pressure as we enter 60 minutes.

You can follow that game by clicking on the link below.

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Odegaard speaks to Sky

Odegaard briefly speaks to Sky before the game, and he says that Arsenal arrive “with confidence and a lot of belief, and we’re going to go for it”.

“What we have done the last period gives us a lot of confidence.

“We have grown a lot as a team. What happened last season has given us a lot of lessons. I’m excited.

“Everyone enjoys playing these games. It’s a beautiful thing to be involved.”

In other news, Saka has arrived at the Etihad on the Arsenal team bus. Remember, he was an injury doubt after withdrawing from the England squad last week. It remains unknown whether he’ll be involved though.

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The title run-in

Aside from their remaining Premier League games, all three sides in the title run-in also have European competition to consider.

Liverpool have the admittedly far easier task of progressing in the Europa League against Serie A side Atalanta.

City have a potentially enthralling tie against Real Madrid coming up in the Champions League quarter-final, in what is a repeat of their semi-final tie from last season.

Arsenal will face Bayern Munich in another of the UCL quarter-final ties, giving them a chance to avenge their now-famous 10-2 aggregate loss from 2016/17.

If both City and Arsenal progress, they’ll face each other in the next round as they bid to reach the final at Wembley on 1 June.

The story between these two sides may not end after today – will their European journeys affect the outcome of the league too?

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With Liverpool currently at half-time in their game against Brighton, here’s a rundown of the remaining games in the Premier League title race.

After that, as the Premier League title race enters April, the run-in can truly begin. But which team has the best fixtures and who has the hardest run of games to end the season? Here’s where the title could be won and lost.

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Follow Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE

We’re closing in on half-time in the day’s other game, where Liverpool are drawing 1-1 with Brighton. Remember you can follow that by clicking on the link below.

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Predicted line-ups

A reminder of our predicted line-ups as we approach an hour before the official confirmation.

Here’s how we think Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta will set up their teams this afternoon.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Rodri, Bernardo; Foden, De Bruyne, Doku; Haaland

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Havertz, Trossard

Chris Wilson31 March 2024 14:30

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Guardiola on his team’s mentality

Pep Guardiola also spoke about mentality earlier in the week. With City a point behind Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s men are in the unusual position of chasing to win the title, as well as another treble, this season.

Speaking ahead of the game, Guardiola stated that it’s the mentality of his players that drives them to their successes.

“I think it comes from inside themselves. After eight years, I don’t have to motivate them every three days – it doesn’t work like that unfortunately,” he said.

“They have something inside – some fire – to compete or else we would not be here. I say a thousand million times that the biggest reason behind our success is the players and their desire to extend the success.

“They set the benchmark for the future generations. I couldn’t imagine we would be here after all these years and every year be in the top three, FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League. It’s so complicated and it’s really good – really good.”

Chris Wilson31 March 2024 14:20

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Manchester City vs Arsenal LIVE

Turning our attention back to today’s later kick-off, and Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky earlier in the week about how he is trying to shape Arsenal into title winners, both literally and metaphorically.

“Body language, in my opinion, is very, very important,” Arteta said.

“It is something the players have to feel. And to be able to feel it, they have to feel that confidence, they have to feel emotionally prepared as well to make that step.

“You want to maintain all the qualities we had in the past and keep improving. Don’t lose them. Add, and add, and add, without losing anything.”

He added that physical prowess “is a huge quality” of signings such as Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, but explained that “their intelligence, their character, the passion they have for the game and how competitive they are” are also important, as the Spaniard attempts to mould his side’s mentality to that of a title-winning side.

We will see today how far his side have come in that department, after their title chances crashed in this same fixture last season when City ran out 4-1 winners.

Chris Wilson31 March 2024 14:10

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Follow Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE

Liverpool’s game at home to Brighton has now kicked off, and you can follow the live text from that game here. The Reds are looking to – perhaps only briefly – return to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Arsenal and City facing off later.

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