Guardiola says Arsenal are better prepared than Man City for Community Shield

Guardiola reveals one advantage that Arsenal have over City ahead of Community Shield clash

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hoping that a win would put a spring in their step ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

The Gunners finished runners-up to the Blues after having lead most of the last campaign. But Arteta would be hoping to get one better this season, by finally claiming his hands on the league trophy.

The London side have made several statement signings this summer with the arrivals of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, attracting a lot of eyeballs and attention.

But they don’t look to be drawing the line here. Brentford’s David Raya looks close to sealing a move to North London while the Reds will be expected to move on some players to make further space for new bodies.

If Arsenal win the Community Shield against City, it will certainly give the team a lift, especially due to the poor form of the club against the current champions of England and Europe.

And Guardiola believes the Gunners are favorites to win the match against his side. “[It] will be a good opportunity [to win another trophy]. Of course, we are going to try.”

The Spaniard, who will be on his eight season in-charge at The Etihad, continued, “We know the situation we are in right now. We finish two weeks after Arsenal. We start two weeks after Arsenal. We are not in the best way but it is a final, hopefully our mentality can help us to compete and try to win the title.”

The team that Arteta picks for the match can certainly be the one that starts on the opening day of the league campaign. We will get way more insights about the players, than what we got in the pre-season matches.

Despite not being a fixture that has attracted the most eyeballs, Arteta would no doubt try his best to put red ribbons around the trophy.

Writer – Yash Bisht

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  1. Pep can do whatever he wants, if that’s mind games so be it.

    He is right though, we got our 3 main signings done early too.

  2. By evidence of all the
    uncertainty regarding
    comments it seems
    Arteta has been

    The ‘element of
    surprise’ can play a
    crucial factor on the
    outcome of a ‘war’.
    The lack of knowledge
    about the plans &
    strategy of your
    adversory will reduce
    your chance of victory
    significantly, ceteris
    paribus. Against
    tactically & analatically
    superior managers of
    which Pep is the best
    holding your cards to
    your chest is

    This unpredictabilaty
    wrt our tactics &
    formation has been
    deliberately created iot
    confuse opponents
    imo. Imbedded deep
    down into this cloud of
    uncertainties &
    confusion is an
    organized, structured &
    systematic art of war

    The only thing left now
    is to see whether the
    student has mastered
    this art in order to
    become a MASTER
    himself. Can’t wait for
    the fight!!


  3. Its a friendly like the other pre season friendlies. Like the other friendlies, the result is of little importance, it means absolutely nothing when the season starts. What is important is that you dont injure players and you are ready for the REAL games, when they start. The community shield has never defined anything.

  4. All the great managers seems to like the mind games, it’s where they truly have fun, Wenger, Klopp, Pep , there is no doubt the gaffer loves mind games to the bone.

    But Pep seems to take mind games to a different level, his selection at times can almost be impossible to predict the way he overthink his gameplay.

    There is no doubt that Arsenal are more prepare and motivated for this encounter, but Pep message is designed to have one desired effect only

  5. Pep’s getting his excuses in early.
    I think we’ll get an idea of Arteta’s preferred lineup for Forest next week.
    For UK viewers, the game’s on ITV 1, starting at 3.15.

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