Pep Guardiola concedes Man City Premier League title reality as Arsenal advantage made clear

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on May 11, 2024 in London, England.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has delivered an honest Premier League title verdict with the race against Arsenal set to go down to the final day. Both teams won over the weekend with Man City beating Fulham 4-0 before the Gunners reclaimed top spot courtesy of a narrow victory over Manchester United.

As things stand, Mikel Arteta's side are on 86 points with the reigning champions just behind on 85, however City still have an extra game to play. Before closing out their season at home to West Ham, while Arsenal welcome Everton to Emirates Stadium, Man City take on Tottenham on Tuesday evening.

A victory is the only outcome that will see City with the advantage over Arsenal heading into Sunday's action, with the latter's superior goal difference coming into play. Defeat or a draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be great news for Arsenal with it clear they can win the Premier League by beating Everton.

However, there is one way in which City could still win the league even if they don't beat Spurs. Arsenal are currently three goals better off than Guardiola's side and thus City would need to outscore the Gunners' margin of victory against Everton by four, but Guardiola has ruled out that scenario from occurring.

Speaking ahead of the clash in north London, he said: “It's obvious. We have one option; win the game. If we don’t beat Tottenham, we are not going to win the Premier League." Based on Guardiola's honest verdict, there is quite simply one outcome for City and it involves doing something they have not done before.

In four attempts, City have not won or even scored at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in league action. However, it must be mentioned that voodoo was somewhat broken earlier in the season when City won away at Spurs in the FA Cup.

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A quarter-final Champions League loss has also been suffered at Tottenham and therefore it is five defeats from a possible six. With that being said, City are at the very least entering the clash in red hot form having won their last seven consecutive league outings.