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Pep’s pandering ahead of the Man City-Arsenal clash.

We’ve been down this road many times, for Pep is a master of the pre-match presser mindgames. He studiously avoids offering any opponent any motivational material and focuses instead on fluffing their pillow, downplaying any compliments to his side and heaping them on his opposite. This seems to reach another level when it involves his former coneman and protégé. At times, it feels like any honour Arteta earns is but the moon reflecting light back to its source.

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Congrats on the treble, Man City. Pep can now take a hike (and other musings)…

Man City achieved an historic treble on Saturday, narrowly eking past a stubborn Inter side that just didn’t know when to quit (or how to finish). In so doing, they matched their Mancunian nemeses (who haven’t really lived up to the billing ever since that goal from Agüero and cemented their place in football history and yada yada yada. For us at the Arsenal, there’s enough in it to, well, “celebrate” may not quite be the word. Suffice it to say that there’s some silver lining to it all.

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Can you bottle what no one expected you to win in the first place?

Well, that was unexpected, said no one ever. Arsenal went into the Etihad desperately needing a win on the back of three consecutive draws against a side that hadn’t lost at home since Gutenberg invented the printing press and failed. Man City did what Man City does, namely, amassing enormous squad depth through entirely legiitimate methods and cake-walking past anyone who dares to stand in their path. Much the of the pre-match chatter focused on how Arsenal would bottle it, but, really, how can you bottle something that no one saw you having a chance at bottling in the first place?

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Guardiola admits his players are SCARED before Arsenal clash!

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash of TItans (well, at least one titan…), Pep Guardiola admitted that he and his players will be “a little bit nervous”​—his own words​—as they prepare to face Arsenal in what could very well coronate a champion. To be honest, Man City have an inside track on an inside track here; should they win or even draw, their chance at winning the Prem skyrocket. Should we achieve the impossible, we improve our chances modestly. Still, the idea that the likes of Haaland or Rodri or De Bruyne are nervous might give us an edge.

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Mikel’s master plan is beguiling Guardiola…

The current doom-and-gloom around the club is palpable, and why wouldn’t it be? We’ve now dropped four or six points depending on your maths, and it doesn’t look like Saliba will return to the fold anytime soon. What once looked like a worrying wobble has started to more closely resemble a full-on implosion. A draw away to Liverpool? Most of us take that​—except that followin​g it with two more draws to relegation fodder feels ex post facto like all three make for an unholy triumvirate. Still, maybe​—just maybe, this is all part of a game of 4D chess…

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