Written off at times during an unusually erratic season, resurgent Manchester City delivered a resounding statement as they moved to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at title rivals Arsenal on Wednesday. Just a few minutes earlier, Guardiola had been punching the air in delight as second half goals from Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland lifted City back to the top of the table.
Kevin De Bruyne had given City the lead and even Bukayo Saka’s controversial penalty equaliser wasn’t enough to shake the champions’ equilibrium once they rode Arsenal’s first half storm on a rainy night in north London.
Having trailed Arsenal by eight points just a month ago, City are now firmly in contention to retain the title.
Arsenal might have a game in hand but it was City who finished a frenetic encounter with all the momentum in the title race.
While there has never been any doubt about the hyper-competitive Guardiola’s desire to lift the Premier League trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, it has not always been so clear that his team held the same appetite for success.
Defeats at Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as a home loss to Brentford and a surprise League Cup exit at Southampton, had given the impression that all was not well in the City camp.
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