The Gunners lead City by five points, but the momentum is with City as they have two games remaining and have seen Arsenal draw their previous three games.
Guardiola, who is attempting to win his fifth Premier League championship in seven seasons in England, thinks that anxiety is a sign that he still has the desire for greater success.
Being a little anxious is a positive thing, the Catalan coach said during the pre-game press conference.
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“We all experience anxiety, fear, and nervousness from time to time. We don’t need to be flawless.
“When we educate our children, they believe that in order to succeed on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, they must be brilliant.
But I would assert that there is ambiguity and that events do occur prior to a game. I am aware that sensation is normal when it arises. The issue would arise if I didn’t feel that way.
By winning the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup all in the same season, City would become the only English team to do so, matching Manchester United’s feat from 1998–1999, according to the bookies.
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After having their advantage reduced in recent weeks by draws with Liverpool, West Ham, and bottom-of-the-table Southampton, Guardiola cautioned that he expects a response from Arsenal.
Guardiola continued, “I always had the idea that playing them at this moment would be so difficult, but after losing three straight games, it will be much, much worse now.
“I would have preferred it if they had come here with results better than the three last times when they didn’t win a game.”
Both teams will play without important defenders: City will be without Nathan Ake, and Mikel Arteta at Arsenal will be troubled by William Saliba’s persistent absence.
Arsenal have given up seven goals in their previous three games without the Frenchman, and they need to find a method to contain City’s 48-goal marksman Erling Haaland.
With five games remaining, Arteta has urged his young team to seize the “incredible” chance they have to stun the football world by winning back at the Etihad and keeping the title in their own hands.
Yes, it will be a difficult night and a struggle, but the opportunity is fantastic for us, the Spaniard predicted.
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It is that simple: “If you want to be champion, you have to win these matches.”