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Brendan Rodgers responds to speculation linking him with Arsenal job

04 March 2018

However, the Manchester City boss feels it's much simpler than this.

We face the possibility of finishing the weekend five-points outside of the top four if we suffer defeat against Pep Guardiola's men. Chelsea sits fifth in the table, two points adrift of Tottenham.

They are 30 points ahead of Arsenal, who are 10 points off the top four.

Chelsea will have their work cut out, though. There had been similar responses on the two previous occasions that City have won the Premier League title, when Kompany returned to pre-season to find that an "intensity" had been lost.

The Premier League champions pay a visit to the Etihad to lock-horns with the champions-elect.

Aubameyang approached the ball straight-on but was forced to check his run to his left before making contact and Lampard, who scored 43 penalties in the Premier League, had no idea why Arsenal's record signing made a decision to add another element to the penalty. "I've turned down the world to stay at Arsenal" - he's so arrogant, it's untrue", Robson, who spent six years as a senior player at Arsenal up till 1987, told talkSPORT.

"Manchester City is not the only club to spend a lot of money", the Italian added.

Arsenal fans are suffering this season as their team now places sixth in the Premier League and were subjected to two 3-0 defeats against Manchester City in both the Carabao Cup final and in the 28th round of the Premier League.

However, the Frenchman will surely have one eye on Thursday's Europa League meeting with AC Milan, which has become all important for the Gunners.

With each passing week, West Bromwich Albion appears destined for relegation.

Conte revived Chelsea from 10th place in 2015-16 to champions last season when the Blues were absent from continental competition.

Everton's on-loan defender Eliaquim Mangala is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Friday. "This is the fantastic result for Manchester City".

Every week, Sportsnet's soccer panel will debate The Big Question.

Liverpool travel to Jose Mourinho's side on Saturday lunchtime in what is one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of the season.