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Fate seems to be better for Emery as he faces his former club Arsenal, who sacked him in mid-2019 after a run of poor results at the north London side.
Spaniard Pep Guardiola, the City manager, praised Villa’s skills and tipped him to challenge for the title after Emery won his 50th game on the coach’s bench with Villa raising many question marks. “I can go back and think about how we were when we started this adventure,” Emery said.
He continued, “We lost at home to Leicester and Arsenal. “We couldn’t have conceded eight goals in two matches like we did.” He added, “It was an important moment when we reacted to the meeting with the players, where we focused more on our ideas and our style, and we built on them and demanded more from them.” The response from the players has been great,” he said.
Emery knows the difficulty of his task against the “Gunners” team, who are trying to achieve a fifth consecutive victory in the league: Burnley 3-1, Brentford 1-0, Wolverhampton 2-1, Luton 4-3. Their last defeat came in the 11th round against Newcastle 0-1.
Arsenal went on a six-match winning streak in various competitions, including a resounding 6-0 win over French club Lens in the fifth round of the Champions League.
Defender John Stones has urged his Manchester City side to remain calm amid a dangerous slump that has derailed their bid to retain the domestic title for a fourth straight season.
City’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to four matches, drawing 4-4 against Chelsea, 1-1 with Liverpool, and 3-3 with Tottenham, and losing against Aston Villa, adding to the sense of anxiety around. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach admitted his “struggling” side needed “help”.
City are fourth, six points adrift of Arsenal, while Stones will be hoping the reigning champions can capitalize on their pain to stop the bleeding in a tough points task against Luton on Sunday.
The results demonstrate the difficulty of the Citizens’ task against a team that, despite finishing in eighteenth place, held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the eleventh round and suffered a 3-4 defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday.
“We need to use the pain inside us as motivation and fuel to do things right,” Stones said. “I think everybody has that desire.” He continued, “We have been in this situation in previous seasons. I think neither we nor anyone should exaggerate what will happen. We need to stay calm as a team.
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