Guardiola makes title race claim as Arsenal receive major boost

Manchester City had the chance to close the gap to Arsenal to two points as they travelled to north London to face Tottenham, a day after the Gunners slipped up against Everton in Sean Dyche’s first match in charge.

But, just like Arsenal, City fell to a 1-0 defeat and were beaten at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the fifth time in a row, Harry Kane scoring the only goal of the game with a strike that took him to top of Tottenham’s goalscoring charts.

It means City remain five points behind Arsenal, having played a game more, and continue to struggle to find the kind of form that has seemingly come so naturally in recent seasons.

Guardiola’s side have lost their last three away games, and their next assignment on the road is a return to north London in ten days’ time. They face Arsenal at the Emirates in a clash that will have a major bearing on the title race.

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However, speaking after yet another defeat at Tottenham’s ground, Guardiola admitted chasing down Arsenal is not currently the priority as he looks to find an answer to the questions his players are struggling to answer.

“We are not in the position to think about being champions,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“The position is the next game, Aston Villa. We have one week, going to prepare well, and we’re going to play our game as best as possible.

“Against that team it has happened many times. Tottenham is a fantastic squad, team and manager. They punish you. Every time we arrive hear I have the feeling they don’t need much to beat us.

“In the last times we’ve come, we monopolised the game, found the spaces and create chances, but we lose. They have a lot of quality and they don’t need much in transition and set pieces.

“I give a lot of credit to them. I don’t say we cannot lose against them – I have the feeling all the time the same. It’s difficult.”

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