And if anyone was in any doubt exactly why Guardiola was delivering his warning, they need only look at the manner of Arsenal's magnificent victory over improving Manchester United in a thriller at Emirates Stadium. The bare statistics state that Arsenal's 3-2 win, secured by Eddie Nketiah's 90th-minute strike, puts them five points clear of City with a game in hand. And there were other factors at work that made this Arsenal's biggest test this season and, arguably, their biggest win. There was an added edge to Arsenal's joy because these three points were earned, deservedly, against an improving Manchester United. There are also reinforcements for Arsenal's title challenge.
Last updated on .From the section ChampionshipTeemu Pukki charged down Adam Davies' attempted clearance for Norwich's opening goalTeemu Pukki scored twice but saw a late penalty saved as Norwich and Sheffield United had to settle for a point each at Bramall Lane. The Canaries, beaten in their previous three matches, went in front when goalkeeper Adam Davies was slow to clear a backpass, allowing Pukki to close down the space - and the ball rebounded off him into the net. Pukki added his second - and his seventh of the season - as a kind deflection off defender John Egan gave him enough space to angle a shot across Davies and into the far corner. United raised their game after the break and Ben Osborn and Oli McBurnie pulled them level, before Davies atoned for his earlier error by saving Pukki's spot-kick after he had been fouled in the box by John Egan. The Blades remain fourth in the Championship, four points behind the top two, QPR and Blackburn, with Norwich sixth, a point further back.3 months ago BBC
Last updated on .From the section Premier LeagueHaaland is the first Manchester City player to score in seven consecutive home games since Sergio Aguero in 2018Erling Haaland scored twice as Manchester City equalled a 91-year-old top-flight record in their 3-1 win against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium. Post update Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Cole Palmer (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing. Post update Corner, Manchester City. Post update Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion.3 months ago BBC
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored one goal in two Premier League starts this seasonA knee injury has troubled Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin so far this season, but has his return to fitness come just in time for him to be considered for England's World Cup squad? "It's been a while, one I've been waiting for, one I've been looking forward to and I felt like myself. Asked if he can do enough to catch the manager's eye before England's World Cup squad is announced next month, Calvert-Lewin added: "It's every boy's dream to go to the World Cup. Calvert-Lewin was part of the England squad that reached the Euro 2020 final, although he only played 18 minutes during the tournament. "Dominic has to show how fit and fresh he is for Everton and today was an all-round performance of what he is, which makes him an England striker, Everton striker and Premier League striker," added Lampard.3 months ago BBC
Last updated on .From the section League TwoShaun McWilliams' goal was his first for his hometown clubShaun McWilliams snatched all three points for his hometown club as Northampton claimed a dramatic win over fellow promotion hopefuls Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium. Louis Appere stepped up to convert an early penalty to give Northampton the lead but Stevenage levelled before half-time through Danny Rose. Appere put Northampton 1-0 up from the spot after he surged into the box inside the opening 30 seconds and Terence Vancooten scythed him down inside the area. Stevenage had not managed a shot until former Cobbler Rose poked the ball beyond Lee Burge in the 35th minute to make it 1-1. But a minute later McWilliams swept in at the back post before Hylton was dismissed for raising his hand to Dan Sweeney.3 months ago BBC
Last updated on .From the section Rugby UnionTheo Cabango scored Cardiff's opening try as they became the first Welsh team to beat South African opponents in the URC this seasonUnited Rugby Championship: Cardiff Rugby v Stormers Cardiff (14) 30 Tries: Cabango, Harries Cons: Priestland Pens: Priestland 6 Stormers (14) 24 Tries: Xaba 2, Zas, Pokomela Cons: Libbok 2Rhys Priestland's starring display inspired Cardiff to victory over defending URC champions Stormers and took the hosts to sixth in the table. The veteran Wales fly-half kicked 20 points and set up scores for wings Theo Cabango and Jason Harries with astute kicks. Stomers scored tries through Leolin Zas, Nama Xaba (2) and Junior Pokomela, three coming from line-out drives. Cardiff fielded current Wales squad players Priestland, Tomos Williams and Dillon Lewis, but were without the injured Josh Adams and Taulupe Faletau. Replacements: JJ Kotze, Kwenzo Blose, Brok Harris, Ben-Jason Dixon, Willie Engelbrecht, Junior Pokomela, Paul de Wet, Sacha Mngomezulu.3 months ago BBC
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes it is now only a matter of when, not if, Ronaldo departs this season. "I doubt Ronaldo plays for Manchester United again," former England goalkeeper Rob Green said on BBC Radio 5 live. Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the situation could have been handled better. Ex-Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane added: "Players have done a lot worse at Manchester United. Ronaldo is contracted to Manchester United until next summer but has been linked with moves away from the club before then.3 months ago BBC
In the co-main event, TJ Dillashaw fought with a dislocated shoulder as he lost to Aljamain Sterling. Elsewhere, Sean O'Malley made a statement, the hype keeps building around Muhammad Mokaev and Belal Muhammad continued his winning streak. Four victories later, a title bout with Oliveira beckoned in the same venue that Nurmagomedov fought for the final time. With Nurmagomedov encouraging Makhachev on from cageside, he emulated his coach to win the lightweight title, sparking jubilant scenes. A win over one of those, however, and Muhammad would be in prime position for an opportunity against the champion.3 months ago BBC