Man City defender plays down Arsenal clash as ‘just another part’ of title race

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Man City defender Ruben Dias has played down tonight’s clash with Arsenal as “just another part” of the Premier League title race.

The Gunners travel to the Etihad to take on the Manchester outfit in what could decide where this season’s trophy goes.

Arsenal currently sit top of the table on 75 points, but their rivals are just five points behind them with two games in hand and a better goal difference.

Mikel Arteta’s men have a goal difference of 43, with Pep Guardiola’s outfit boasting a goal difference of 50, with such a scenario potentially deciding the league title given how close it currently is.

Man City defender plays down Arsenal clash

Many have built up the clash in Manchester as a league title showdown, with first place taking on second under the lights, in what is set to be a superb encounter.

Man City are on a superb run going into the match, and undoubtedly have the momentum given their fine form and indeed the worrying form of their opponents.

But centre-back Dias has played down the encounter as just another match of the season, with Guardiola’s men having another seven matches to go after tonight.

“I guess it is a title decider, as will the next one against Fulham and the one after that against West Ham and so on,” said Dias, as quoted by the Man City website.

“It is just another part of the title race. It is definitely a big one because we are playing against our main opponent, and it is a good time to make a statement.

“But we know that after this game, there is still a long way to go and many games to be played.”

Guardiola’s men on strong run

Dias was full of praise for the Gunners ahead of the match, but also warned Arteta’s side that they are currently in the thick of a very difficult part of the campaign.

Arsenal have witnessed their huge gap at the top become increasingly smaller over the weeks, despite the club having nothing to focus on but their league campaign.

Man City meanwhile are still in the Champions League and FA Cup, where they meet Real Madrid in the semi-final and Manchester United in the final of those two competitions respectively.

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Man City ace warns Arsenal

The Gunners have enjoyed a superb league campaign and have shown their brilliance with a young, attacking team, but Dias has explained that all of their efforts will be for nothing if they do not go on to lift the famous trophy.

“We all know how good Arsenal are and what they are capable of,” added Dias. “But we also know how difficult it is in this part of the season. It all seems fantastic and great, but it is not done until it is actually done.

“It is in these moments that you really need to push instead of just trying to maintain. You need to push and go for all of it. It is not really how it begins or in the middle, it is how it ends.”

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