Pep Guardiola has said he expects Arsene Wenger to make the right decision over his future, as Arsenal once again suffered a defeat at the hands of Manchester City, this time in the Premier League.
Arsenal have lost five of their last seven games, including just days before a 3-0 defeat by City in the Carabao Cup Final and on Thursday night the scoreline was the same at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal started brightly and went close a couple of times in the opening quarter of an hour, but it was Bernardo Silva who opened the scoring for City in the 15th minute, beautifully curling in a left-footed strike into the far corner after Leroy Sane’s mazy run.
City’s next was in the 28th minute after David Silva held off a challenge on the left flank before finding Sane who burst down the wing before picking out Sergio Aguero whose gentle pass into Silva’s path saw the Spaniard leave Hector Bellerin flat-footed before lifting the ball over Cech.
Sane put the icing on the cake 5 minutes later. Silva played the ball to Aguero who laid it off to Kevin De Bruyne – he threaded the ball to the overlapping Kyle Walker and his cross was bundled home by Sane from close range.
Guardiola who celebrated his 100th game in charge wouldn’t say if Wenger should leave, but backed his rival to make the right call.
“He knows my admiration for him,” he said.
“We play, we fight many, many times in Barcelona, a lot of times in Bayern Munich, a lot of times here in Premier League. A lot of times.
“I can understand the situation. I know all the managers can be in that situation. He knows, he handles that situation. He has a lot of experience.
“He knows the club, he knows the Premier League, he knows his players. And I’m sure he’s going to take the right decision, for the club, for him, for the players, for everybody.”