Arsenal, be warned! Man City star Kyle Walker tells table-topping Gunners there could be plenty of ‘twists and turns’ to come in the title race – despite Pep Guardiola’s side passing up golden opportunity to close the gap in loss at Tottenham
Four-time Premier League champion Kyle Walker has warned Arsenal there are ‘twists and turns’ to come in the title race, despite Manchester City passing up a big opportunity to close the gap at the top to just two points.
City fell to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham – with Harry Kane scoring to surpass Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time leading scorer – and it meant Arsenal’s 1-0 loss at Everton a day earlier went unpunished in the title race.
But Walker – league champion in 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21 and 2021–22, has called for calm as he knows there is ‘still a lot of football to be played’.
‘Of course it is [a missed opportunity],’ Walker told Sky Sports after defeat at Tottenham.
‘They dropped points and we needed to pick up points to close the gap, but there is still a lot of football to be played.’
Kyle Walker (right) is convinced ‘twists and turns’ are ahead in the Premier League title race
Harry Kane’s record-breaking goal delivered a major blow to the champions’ titles hopes
City’s defeat means they remain five points adrift of Arsenal having played a game more
He added, leaning on his own title wins: ‘I have been here many, many years in the Premier League and I know the twists and turns that can happen.
‘I know what this team is about. I know what this team can do. We can go on runs from now until the end of the season and it’s just about us doing that really.’
City have dominated the league in recent years, having won four of the last five Premier League titles.
But Arsenal, who have not won the league since their Invincibles side of 2003-04, are setting the standards and are sitting five points clear with 20 games played, one fewer than City.
Walker went on to shoot down concerns over the role of striker Erling Haaland in the team after he struggled on Sunday, claiming that criticism of the Norwegian only ever arrives when City don’t win.
‘This is the team we’ve got now until the end of the season. We’ll fight until the end,’ he concluded.
His boss, Pep Guardiola, has taken a different approach publicly, claiming his players cannot even think about being champions after this latest setback.
City, who still have to face Arsenal home and away, must instead worry about securing Champions League football in the eyes of Guardiola.
‘It’s important for us to be close and to leave fifth, which is Tottenham right now, far away to secure qualification for the Champions League,’ Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City missed a major opportunity after Tottenham defeat
The Man City manager said his side are ‘not in a position to think about being champions’ now
‘The team started really well in many things – but after a mistake we made two weeks again, we repeated it again.’
He added: ‘We are not in the position to think about being champions, just the next game, Aston Villa, we will prepare well and play our game as best as possible.
‘Tottenham has a fantastic team and squad and they punish you. They have a lot of quality up front and don’t need much with transitions, set pieces, give a lot of credit to them.’
City face a midweek trip to the Emirates Stadium on February 15 before the reverse game at the Etihad Stadium on April 26, in what are two hugely significant matches in the title race.
They last met at the end of January in the fourth round of the FA Cup with City progressing with a 1-0 win.