Pep Guardiola names Arsenal as the main rival for the Premier League title

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The coach of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, has said before the meeting with Arsenal that the Londoners will be candidates for a long time to win the title of the Premier League.

Arsenal, who finished second in the table behind City last year, are unbeaten so far in English football’s elite.

City, on the other hand, suffered their first defeat in the league last weekend against Wolves, but despite that they still have a point more than the Gunners.

“They were the biggest rival last season and they will stay there for a long time,” Guardiola said initially.

Asked if Arsenal would be title rivals this season, he added: “Absolutely, along with Liverpool. To analyze the title contenders, the idea is to do it in the first 10 games. We have to wait, but big clubs are always contenders. Arsenal are back. “When I was a young boy and I started as a manager at Barcelona, I know they fought with Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, Manchester United.”

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Arsenal have lost their last 12 league games against City and their last win dates back to December 2015 when they won 2-1 with goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

However, they beat Guardiola’s side in the Community Shield on penalties and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is confident his side can achieve that result at the Emirates Stadium.

“My only concern is the quality of the opponent and on Sunday we have to be at our best for 100 minutes,” concluded the 41-year-old.

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