Man City vs Arsenal
One of this weekend’s more high-profile Premier League clashes pits Arsenal against Manchester City.
Arsenal are set to enter proceedings in fine form, boasting an almost perfect record in 2020/21.
After seeing off Liverpool, the Gunners are now into the last-eight of this season’s League Cup.
And, barring a defeat at Anfield, Arsenal’s start to the Premier League season has also been flawless.
As for Manchester City, they have played one less game than their upcoming opponents, and currently sit down in 14th in the English top-flight, having secured a disappointing 4 points.
With Arsenal having also managed to dispatch City the last time the sides met, in the FA Cup earlier this year, meanwhile, the north Londoners will no doubt enter Saturday’s clash confident of picking up a positive result.
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Guardiola on Bernardo Silva
Ahead of the tie, Pep Guardiola has been discussing Bernardo Silva.
The midfielder had a sensational 2018/19 campaign for the Citizens, filling the role of Kevin De Bruyne, who was injured for large parts of the season, very well.
However, 2019/20 did not see Bernardo reach anywhere near the heights we saw he was capable of the campaign prior.
But with KDB once again injured, City will no doubt be looking to the Portuguese standout to step up again.
And Guardiola is certainly of the opinion that Silva is capable of doing just that.
When discussing Silva pre-Arsenal, Guardiola suggested that his dip in form last term was largely due to him being tired mentally before adding he has a feeling he will have a very good season this time around:
“He didn’t have time to refresh, he was exhausted and his mind was exhausted and he struggled with this. It is not because he didn’t want it, it was because we demand a lot of the players and sometimes it is not possible.
“In the NBA – the best league in basketball and we can say the Premier League is one of the best in football – they have three or four months break, they play a lot of games – 70 or 80 – but they have three or four months’ break.”
“With Bernardo it was like this – he couldn’t refresh mentally and started the season tired mentally.
“But I have a feeling he’ll have a very good season this season because he’s coming back in many things to what we’ve seen in the past.”
Quotes via Goal.
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