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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Arsenal’s performance despite their defeat and singled out Bukayo Saka for causing his side problems. Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday as City extended their unbeaten run.
With the win, City are currently leading the league table with 10-points ahead of second-placed Manchester United and third-placed Leicester City.
“The whole team suffered when Arsenal had the ball, and moved with [Granit] Xhaka and [Mohamed] Elneny with the central defenders,” explained Guardiola after the game.
“And then after the counter-attack with all the players they have behind [our] midfield players, with Martin Odegaard and especially with Saka. A real tough opponent to play.
“They have incredible young, talented players, so I see a bright, bright future for Arsenal.
“And I think if they can [sign] a few players in a few positions they will make an incredible step forward. So they are a team that all the opponents suffer a lot when playing against them.”
Continuing his praise of Arsenal in a further interview with Match of the Day, Guardiola said: “They are aggressive with one-to-one pressing. They move really well in the pockets and speed from the sides.
“It’s so difficult to play against. We knew today would be one of the toughest ones but we scored early and we could control it.
“The first 10-15 minutes were so good then the next half an hour they were much better than us. The feeling is that they are close. In the second half, we needed something to be more effective in our pressing and we were much better.
“Of course, we could score the second and the third but we scored then they defend well. It’s so difficult to play Arsenal and Mikel [Arteta]. He knows our players so well. It is not easy to play and we play so, so calm and intelligent. It was a good game.”