Manchester City are edging closer to a historic treble after their dominant 4-1 victory against Arsenal on Wednesday. With just two games left to play in the Premier League, City are now just two points behind leaders Manchester United, but have two games in hand. The Citizens are also in the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face holders Real Madrid, and have a place in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in June.
The win over Arsenal was an emphatic one for City, with the performance leaving former Arsenal and England player Paul Merson in awe. He likened the display to that of Pep Guardiola’s great Barcelona teams of 2008-2012, saying that City were head and shoulders above everyone else on the day. Merson believes that no one can match City when they play like this and that they are on a different planet.
City’s form has been remarkable this season, with their success down to their strength in all areas of the pitch. They have a rock-solid defence, a midfield that controls the game and creates chances, and a front line that is clinical in front of goal. They have the quality and depth in their squad to rotate players and still maintain their high level of performance. All of these factors make them a formidable force and a team that no one wants to face.
Looking ahead to the remaining fixtures of the season, Merson thinks that just two games stand between City and the treble. He believes that the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and the FA Cup final against Manchester United will be the toughest tests for City. Real Madrid will be a difficult team to beat, especially in the first leg in Spain. However, City have shown that they have the quality to win against anyone and will be confident going into the tie.
Meanwhile, Merson thinks that Arsenal need to strengthen their squad over the summer if they want to compete for a top-four spot next season. He believes that they will face a tough fight to be in the top four, as they will also have to contend with Champions League football. Arsenal’s defence has been a particular area of concern this season, and Merson thinks that they need to add more quality to their backline. The injury to William Saliba highlighted their lack of depth and quality in defence, which was exposed in their recent games.
In conclusion, Manchester City are well on their way to achieving a historic treble this season, and their performance against Arsenal showed why they are one of the best teams in Europe. Arsenal, on the other hand, need to improve their squad if they want to compete for a top-four spot next season. The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, and it will be interesting to see how the season plays out over the coming weeks.
Remaining Fixtures for Manchester City
April 30: Fulham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 2 pm, live on Sky Sports
May 3: West Ham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8 pm, live on Sky Sports
May 6: Leeds United (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3 pm, live on Sky Sports
May 9: Real Madrid (A) – Champions League
May 13: Everton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3 pm
May 17: Real Madrid (H) – Champions League
May 21: Chelsea (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4 pm
May 24: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports
May 28: Brentford (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30 pm
June 3: Manchester United (N) – FA Cup final, kick-off 3 pm