Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, agrees they were better
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City boss, has reacted to his side’s Premier league 2-1 win over Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
Guardiola said that Arsenal were better against Man City at Emirates Stadium, adding that his side had no energy during the encounter.
Bukayo Saka put the Gunners in front before Riyad Mahrez leveled through a penalty.
However, Rodri scored a late goal to ensure Man City defeated Arsenal to go eleven points clear on top of the English Premier League table.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola said, “Arsenal were better,” he said. “We face a team that in recent years has struggled to be in the top four. They start this season at the bottom and are now in the top four.
“They had six days after beating Norwich, we had two-and-a-half days. It was so tough for us to come back after Brentford and we had no energy. This is why we put one more player in the middle to get more control and passes. We know in transitions and physicality they have it can be difficult. And it was difficult because we didn’t have energy.
“We tried and in one minute we had a penalty and then a red card. We try to analyze many things but sometimes the coin falls on your side. We know what it means to beat Arsenal here at this moment they’re in. Now we have time to rest.”