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Following news Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Turin, Pep Guardiola quizzed on Man City signing forward in pre-Arsenal press conference

Following news Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Turin, Pep Guardiola quizzed on Man City signing forward in pre-Arsenal press conference

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off will see Manchester City and Arsenal face off.

The tie, of course, pits Pep Guardiola against one of his former assistants, Mikel Arteta.

Arteta does not boast a great recent record against his old boss. He did manage to best Pep en route to the 2020 FA Cup. But the Spaniard has since lost his ensuing three outings against Manchester City.

And with Arsenal having fallen to defeat in their opening two outings of the 2021/22 Premier League season, without scoring a single goal, another City victory is predicted this weekend.

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Pep Guardiola on Ronaldo

Ahead of Saturday’s tie, Pep Guardiola would hold his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

The Spaniard was drawn on a number of subjects, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with Manchester City after making clear his intention to depart Juventus:

But when drawn on Ronaldo pre-Arsenal, Guardiola gave little away:

“I cannot say much. Harry Kane annoucned he continues at his club, exceptional club like Tottenham. Cristiano was at Juventus, I think a Juventus player. Only I can say that in three or four days left in the transfer window everything can happen. In my personal view there are few players, Ronaldo and Messi included, that they decide where they are going to play. They are the leading role in the negotiations. Right now I’m delighted with the squad we have and we’ll stay the same.”

Then, when pressed on comments on the part of Max Allegri, confirming that Ronaldo will imminently be on the move, Pep added:

“I am incredibly happy with the squad I have, more than satisfied. We are the same guys, Sergio leaves Jack arrives. I say the same, these type of players decide. A little bit left because we have to negotiate. Messi decided to go to Paris and he went to Paris. They knock the door, they call. After that I cannot control. I am focussed on what we have to do and the players I have.”

Quotes via the Manchester Evening News.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 12 26 29
2 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
3 Manchester City 12 19 26
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
9 Manchester United 12 -1 17
10 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
11 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
12 Everton FC 12 -3 15
13 Leicester City 12 -5 15
14 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
15 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4