'Not going to lie' - Bernardo Silva fires Arsenal warning after Man City Premier League title win

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva fired a Premier League warning discussing the title race with Arsenal.
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Bernardo Silva has admitted Manchester City didn't expect Arsenal to drop points in the title race - but their slip-up provided an injection of confidence in the Premier League title race. Pep Guardiola's side won a fourth successive top-flight crown with their commanding win over West Ham United on the final day.

The Gunners, Liverpool and the reigning Premier League champions were locked in a fierce title race before Jurgen Klopp's side tailed off, following a downturn of results against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Everton. Mikel Arteta's side handed the advantage to City after failing to break down Unai Emery's Aston Villa, eventually slipping to a 2-0 defeat.

Two weeks prior, Arsenal frustrated Guardiola's men to earn a point at the Etihad Stadium - the draw handed the advantage to Liverpool but City went on a formidable run to gazump their North West rivals and the North London club. Speaking to Sky Sports, Silva said: "Very proud of this big achievement, four in a row, never done before.

"A lot of hard work has been put on over this seven years, it's so difficult, we had to win nine games in a row because Arsenal pushed us to the limits and to the end. We're very proud of what we've achieved."

It was an improvement on last season for Arsenal as they dragged themselves over the line in key moments throughout the campaign. After having a strong lead at the top of the Premier League the season prior, City stormed back into the hunt and overcome the challenge of the London club.

This season, Liverpool restored their place in the title race - only to stagger around the final corner - but Jurgen Klopp's side enjoyed a spell at the top of the table before relinquishing control to Arsenal. The Portuguese midfielder admitted that the defeats for Liverpool and Aston Villa's triumph at the Emirates Stadium provided a lift in Manchester.

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The 29-year-old added: "The reality is after Arsenal at home, we were in a very tough position to win the Premier League because Liverpool needed to drop points on two games, Arsenal on two games as well because they had the goal difference on us and we just had to wait, they gave us that chance and when they did, we knew we had to grab it. We wouldn't have a second chance and we did.

"These type of situations are a boost to the confidence and to the energy you have in the dressing room, you feel you have an opportunity again. We knew both Arsenal, Liverpool and us we all had tough games but we weren't expecting them to lose to Palace at home, and Arsenal to lose at Aston Villa. If I had to guess where they would drop points, it wouldn't have been that week. It was a big surprise, we're not going to lie, a bit of confidence to think we can go after them and grab it."