Guardiola expecting tough Arsenal semi

18 July 2020 01:52:43 GMTPlus10

Pep Guardiola is preparing his Manchester City side for a "tight" battle on Saturday evening when they take on Arsenal at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final.

City may have been dethroned as Premier League champions by Liverpool this season but the Citizens still have the opportunity to complete a treble, having already got the League Cup in the bag.

Pep Guardiola's men are on course to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League, as they hold a 2-1 first-leg advantage over Real Madrid in their last-16 tie, while they are still in line to defend the FA Cup.

The holders take on Arsenal, who are managed by former City assistant Mikel Arteta, in Saturday's 19:45 kick-off in the capital and the blue side of Manchester will be confident of progressing to the final, where either Manchester United or Chelsea will await.

City are on a three-game winning run heading into the contest, scoring an impressive 12 goals during that period, and they have won their last seven meetings with the Gunners - scoring three goals on six of those occasions.

Despite the impressive record and the apparent gulf in class between the two teams, Guardiola is not allowing any complacency and he feels Saturday's match will be difficult.

"I said before no semi-final is easy never. Always tight, we lost semi-finals in my first year here. And the players know it will be so tight," he said at his press conference.

"I've the same opinion of Arsenal and Mikel, my opinion didn't change when they beat Liverpool or lost to Brighton, not for one second. But it's an incredible opportunity to get to a final for us."

City are 1.40 to win the match in normal time, a draw at 90 minutes is priced at 5.25, while Arsenal are 7.00 to triumph in normal time.

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