Quinn tips Blues to edge title chase clash
- 13 December 2013 10:22
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Former City favourite Niall Quinn has tipped the Blues to beat another of his former clubs, Arsenal, in tomorrow’s vital Premier League clash.
Quinn, talking on TalkSport early on Friday morning believes Manuel Pellegrini’s side will edge what should be a fascinating encounter tomorrow.
TalkSport report: “City are high on confidence after beating Bayern Munich in their own backyard earlier this week, while Arsenal go into the game on the back of a disappointing night in Napoli.
“And Quinn reckons both clubs’ exploits in Europe may prove decisive. ‘It’s the best game of the season so far. It is a real pointer as to where this league title may go,’ he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
‘Arsenal’s spark faded a little bit the other night in Europe. They got through but it is a little bit negative coming into the game.
‘It was an amazing night for Manchester City. I really feared for Manchester City 20 minutes in and I thought it would all go really badly for them coming into the Arsenal game at the weekend.
‘Then by the end of the night Arsenal were the ones that were well beaten and Man City got a famous victory. It is all beginning to point to a Man City victory.’”
Meanwhile, Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta isn’t happy with the preparation the Gunners have had ahead of such a crucial game.
ESPN pick up on his quotes as they write: “Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said he doesn’t understand why Arsenal must face Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime, having played at Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“The Gunners, five points clear at the top of the Premier League, travel to the Etihad Stadium for a 12.45pm kick-off, and Arteta believes that gives them insufficient recovery time.
“He said the players remained upbeat ahead of their trip to the highest-scoring home side in the top flight, but stated: ‘I don't understand why we played on Sunday afternoon, Wednesday evening, get back at 4am and then play again on Saturday morning in Manchester.
‘There is nothing we can do, just recover well. It's a big game and we want to win it. The preparation will just be about recovery. It's not ideal.’”
All will be revealed tomorrow…