Newcastle United defender Dan Burn has backed Manchester City to pip Arsenal to the Premier League title this season.
Just three points separates Arsenal and Man City ahead of Wednesday’s mouth-watering title clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are aiming to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2004, while Manchester City – the dominant force in English football – are going for a fifth title in six years.
‘It’s one of the biggest games we’ve had in years,’ Burn told Premier League Productions before going on to explain why he favours Man City in the title race.
Arsenal were obviously eight points clear at one stage but Man City have brought it back really quickly.
The thing with City is they’ve got players who have played in these kind of games before. They’ve got the experience of winning these big games, winning league titles and chasing teams down.
‘Arsenal don’t have that and we saw them just miss out on the Champions League towards the end of last season.
‘That experience will come because Arsenal have a really young team right now, but I just look at Man City and think it doesn’t really matter how many points behind they are, they’re still the ones to beat.’
WHO WILL WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
- Man City
Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City are rivalling the best Arsenal team since he has been in the Premier League for the title.
Guardiola has never lost against Arsenal in the league – winning 11 of the 12 games between the clubs – but the Gunners are a different proposition under his former City assistant Mikel Arteta.
‘The biggest motivation is that I don’t want to drop the Premier League just because we are not who we are,’ Guardiola said earlier this week.
‘If Arsenal beat us because they are better, then this is sport. I’ll be the first to congratulate them, as I’ve always done. But not because we are not there. You want it? OK, fight… take it. It’s in our hands.
‘We’ll defend this title until the last day – this is what I’d like. To fight to the maximum, to try to retain the title. If we don’t, accept it, but we need to give our best. My players have to feel that every day.’