Man City v Arsenal: Wenger tells Guardiola to slow down!

The big match between Man City and Arsenal is looming, and it stands to be a very important match in the title race as both teams desperately need to make up some ground on the leaders Chelsea. But it is not just about the players, it is also the first meeting between Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola, both of whom have a very distinct style of management.

Guardiola has grabbed the City team by the scruff of the neck and is trying to get the players to adapt to his system, which has worked to some extent but seems to have come apart lately in the defeats to Chelsea and Leicester. Arsene Wenger thinks perhaps Pep should not be rushing to change everything so fast. Le Prof said: “[He is] similar [to me] – he tries to play. Every manager has a personality and can only act with his own personality.

“You cannot copy a manager , you can only be who you are, and he has been influenced at Barcelona by the Cruyff period when he was a player. I think he has strong beliefs and that for me is the most important thing for a manager.

“Our job is to always accept that you want your own philosophy but at the right pace. When you go somewhere, sometimes you have to analyse what is going on and to bring in your own philosophy at a pace where you think they can cope with it.”

Well Pep can’t be doing too bad, considering they have only lost 3 out of their 16 League games, and are just one point behind Arsenal. But the main thing for Guardiola is that the players understand the way he wants them to play. Kevin De Bruyne admits that Pep’s style is unique and very attacking. “I think he’s a very good coach.” De Bruyne said. “Obviously he has a different view than a lot of people, especially in England.

“His way of playing is very different than a lot of teams in England, and I think English media and other people are trying to get into him or change his way of playing, but he’s never going to do it anyway.

“So they ask him the question of whether he’s going to change his playing style, but he does what he does, and I think he always sticks with it.

“I think you have to do that as a coach, you have your style of playing and I think the way he wants to play is very positive. So in that way it is very good.”

So one thing for sure is that tomorrow’s game will be full of energy from both sides, as both Wenger and Guardiola try to get the upperhand in the first EPL meeting. I’m guessing that there will be lots of goals too, unless Wenger decides to confound the Spaniard by parking the bus to start with, but I doubt that will work against City. I imagine Pep would say that attack is the best form of defence!

It is definitely a game to look forward to, and I really hope Wenger comes out on top!



  1. Alexis the Great says:

    I believe Wenger will give Pep a lesson on how to win in the Premier League.
    It’s not a two-horse race over here boyo!

    1. Juhi McLovin says:

      Well the way Chelsea are cruising right now with their new manager, it looks like it’s a one horse race!

  2. HA559 says:

    It’s turning into the old CHelsea, one shot on target one goal, and they’re defense being good it could be like this all season.

    1. HA559 says:

      Actually more like Leicester in teh 2nd half of last season, getting a few shots on target and then defending well,or…opposition missing good chances.

    2. truegunner12 says:

      no because they’re GD is up there as well. Chelsea is only doing this to teams that are sitting back and defending hard. Remember they blew away City, United , Everton, Spurs and Leicester by a combined score of 17 – 2. They’re just changing the way they play to suit the opposition.

      1. Juhi McLovin says:

        Meanwhile we play with a single tactic almost every match and then wonder why we haven’t won a title in 12 years.

      2. HA559 says:

        This is why I said earlier in the week that one of these teams ‘that sit back’ should play with 2 strikers which can trouble them. Sit back but still have 2 threats upfront instead of one.

        I don’t expect them to drop points against Stoke and Bournemouth at home, Bournemouth will show fight but I don’t think they will get anything.

  3. Twig says:

    Diego Costa. Beast.

  4. Ramterta says:

    diego costa phenomenal technical
    absolutely exciting to watch
    best player in the prem at the moment

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Alexis is best player in prem at moment, even pundits who bash us admit this much. He has the goals, the assists, the all round quality with his work ethic. Costa is a deadly goalscorer.

  5. HA559 says:

    Seriously like no one can even get a draw only Swansea?

    If we lose tomorrow we are out now.

    Man City are the team in most danger. They have us and Liverpool to play before halfway stage, draws aren’t good enough for them at this time. If they are 4th in January, Pep will splash the cash in January.

    1. truegunner12 says:

      well no one has come close since Chelsea switched formation. It’s why I said not too take too much out of the result vs them because we’ve not done the same against any other big ream. We beat Chelsea and no one can take anything away from us for thst but keep it in context here, thst was what prompted Conte to decide ok enough is enough i tried letting you all play your way now you are all going to play my way. He switched formation dropped the underperformed and Chelsea have kept something like 9 clean sheets in 11 games ans only conceded 2 goals one of tbem an OG.

      Outside of that we haven’t beaten a single top team in any competition and that may hinder our title run because sire we may not be losing to themake but as long as Chelsea is winning it’s costing us the title

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