Jack Grealish insists Manchester City are ‘ready to FOLLOW Arsenal’ if the Gunners ‘slip up’ in the title race… claiming Thursday’s win over Chelsea was ‘MASSIVE’
Jack Grealish has promised Manchester City are ready to pounce if Arsenal falter in the title race.
The Premier League leaders dropped their first points since October 23 when Newcastle held out for a draw earlier this week, with City beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The gap is down to five points, with City traveling to the Emirates Stadium for a showdown next month, and the defending champions have title experience on their side.
Jack Grealish says Man City are ‘ready to pounce’ on Arsenal if they ‘slip up’ in title race
Grealish helped set up Riyad Mahrez for a goal in their 1-0 win over Chelsea
‘We’ve just got to try and catch them and try to win as many games as possible and go on a little winning run,’ Grealish said.
‘I’m sure if we do I’m sure we’ll be ready to pounce [them] if they slip. We are second at the moment but all we can do is keep winning games and put in good performances.
‘Chelsea are big, to be honest. We’re chasing Arsenal and I don’t want to talk too much about that, but this is what we know.
The Man City forward says his team have some ‘incredible’ players on their roster
But it was also said after the match that his £100million tag would be difficult to live up to
‘We have incredible players in the forward positions so we know we won’t play every game but we have to be there and ready when called upon.’
Grealish’s introduction in the second half proved to help City leave the capital with a victory as he registered a third assist in three games for Riyad Mahrez’s winner.
The 27-year-old has drawn criticism for a lack of goal contributions since his £100million move from Aston Villa but has essentially retained the trust of his manager Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola (right) even praised his young forward for his improvements in body language
Arsenal, meanwhile, dropped points this week drawing 0-0 with Newcastle at the Emirates
Guardiola has revealed how Grealish’s body language continues to be encouraging, despite not being selected, and that he has a key role to play within the squad as they battle it out across four fronts ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Graham Potter’s Blues.
And the England international maintains the positivity to accept regular taunts from opposing fans, as was the case at Chelsea on Thursday night.
Grealish endured a similar away spell at Leeds United at Christmas, applauding all four sides of Elland Road when he withdrew.
‘Isn’t it nice when fans give you sticks?’ he said. ‘At the end of the day it’s just bullshit, right? They give us a lot of stick, so you have to give it back it’s all a laugh isn’t it.
‘I was there when I was on the home team and the home fans were giving one of the away players a bit of stick so it was all fun and games. I like this.’