Arsenal better than Man City despite defeat, Guardiola admits

“They are an unbelievable team, the way they grow with Mikel is huge," match-winner, Rodri also admitted after the game.
Arsenal better than Man City despite defeat, Guardiola admits
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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted that Arsenal were the better team during his side's 2-1 win at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners commanded the entire first half and went ahead through Bukayo Saka until City were awarded a controversial penalty allowing Riyad Mahrez to restore parity (57').

Despite the bizarre sending off of Arsenal defender, Gabriel,

He said: "Arsenal were better. We face a team that in recent years has struggled to be in the top four. They start this season bottom, bottom, bottom.

"They have six days after beating Norwich, we have two days. It was so tough for us to come back. We had no energy.

"That is why we put one more player in the middle to get more control and passes. We know in transitions and physicality they have it can be difficult. And it was difficult.

"We tried and in one minute we have a penalty and then the red card. We try to analyse many things but sometimes the coin falls on your side.

"We know what it means to beat Arsenal here in this moment they are in. Now we have time to rest."

Speaking after scoring the late winner at the Emirates, Rodri said, “They are an unbelievable team, the way they grow with Mikel is huge."

On Man City's controversial equaliser, Rodri added, "I have no doubt about the penalty.”

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