Guardiola: ‘This is the best Arsenal’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes this current Arsenal squad is ‘the best in the last four or five years’. The Citizens boss was speaking after his side beat Brentford by a slender one goal margin, further opening up their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

City travel to the Emirates on Saturday as part of the New Years Day fixture list, but despite having an eight-point lead on the chasing pack, Guardiola isn’t getting complacent.

Speaking to BT Sports after the game, Guardiola spoke about still having plenty of games to play yet, as well as the challenge Arsenal can present:

There are 54 points to play for. It is not expected to have this distance for eight and nine, but Liverpool play one game less.

But is is 54 points. In December no one is champion. We are going to lose games. I see in my mind, Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton coming.

We have a game in London against Arsenal, maybe one of the top teams right now. The best Arsenal in the last four or five years

I cannot say more than congratulations to the team but we must focus.”

Arsenal will be without coach Mikel Arteta and a number of other first-team staff after they tested positive for Covid-19.