"It will be a completely different day in Emirates", says Guardiola after FA Cup win over Arsenal
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says FA Cup win against Arsenal will not influence their upcoming head-head games in the Premier League.
in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday thanks to Nathan Ake's second-half strike.
After the game,Guardiola
said they are happy to reach the next round but insisted this game will be forgotten before their league game at the Emirates Stadium on February 15.
"It's not the Premier League, it's another competition. We are happy to be there after beating Chelsea and Arsenal in the first two rounds.
"It will be a completely different day in Emirates. Mikel doesn't rotate much in the Premier League.
"The FA Cup is an important competition, and we are so satisfied, but this will be forgotten by them when we are there."
Arteta decided to put some of his key players including captain Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Gabriel Martinelli on the bench in this game.
Man City is five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League with one more game played. They have won 13 of their last 14 games against Arsenal across all competitions, and Guardiola said he is looking forward to their game in London.
"The impact from Oleks, Odegaard…. we know it's going to be different with more pressure,"
"Martinelli is an incredible weapon. Odegaard plays in the pockets,"
"They are a really good team, otherwise they could not be where they are. They are aggressive; they know exactly what they have to do.
"We knew it would be a difficult game, but we were able to beat them and go to the next round. They saw what we can do. We saw what they can do."
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