Guardiola of Manchester City is noncommittal on the Walker-Arsenal incident

Oct 11, 2023

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LONDON, England – The Premier League champions lost consecutive games for the first time in five years on Sunday, while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola declined to comment on a postgame.

Mikel Arteta’s unbeaten team moved into second place in the standings with a 1 to 0 victory over City at The Emirates thanks to a goal from Gabriel Martinelli in the 86th minute. The ball took a huge deflection off the face of defender Nathan Aké before beating City goalkeeper Éderson.

However, after last week’s 2 to 1 loss against Wolves and the defeat that followed, which saw City slide to third, tempers flared, and as the teams left the field, full-back Walker and Jover—who had previously worked for City—got into a physical altercation.

Walker rejected Jover’s apparent handshake after he appeared to extend it before continuing. The city player eventually turned around to face Jover, but a teammate, Erling Haaland, intervened and pulled him away.

In order to remove Jover from the circumstance, Bukayo Saka, an Arsenal forward who was injured and missed the game, also intervened.

In a post-game press conference, Guardiola stated that he did not want to talk about the incident although acknowledging that he was aware of what had occurred.

The loss has put City’s chances of becoming the first side in English football history to win four straight league championships in the early stages. Furthermore, Guardiola claimed that early-season disappointments may ultimately serve to lessen the pressure on his players to make history.

No team has ever achieved four consecutive victories, according to Guardiola. The season is long, so it has occurred. Sometimes it is nice to fall behind. It is not the first time for the contenders. Last season, we were much, far behind, but it has happened.

“In Wolverhampton it was an exhausting match. Cheers to Arsenal. We recognize what it is that we are supposed to succeed in and we do it. We rehabilitate people returning back and attempt to snap [the losing run] promptly as soon as humanly possible toward difficult competition like Bournemouth and [Manchester] University.”

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