Kyle Walker makes jibe at Arsenal fans as Man City take initiative in Premier League title race

Kyle Walker poked fun at Arsenal fans after missing the Manchester City team when they set fireworks off outside the team hotel.Kyle Walker poked fun at Arsenal fans after missing the Manchester City team when they set fireworks off outside the team hotel.
Kyle Walker poked fun at Arsenal fans after missing the Manchester City team when they set fireworks off outside the team hotel.
The Manchester City defender also compared team-mate Stefan Ortega to Manuel Neuer.

Kyle Walker laughed off Arsenal fans’ failed attempts to disrupt Manchester City’s preparations for the pivotal Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.

A 2-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side at Spurs saw them move back to the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s final round of fixtures. City now just need to equal or better Arsenal’s result on Sunday to secure another league title.

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The Gunners had been hoping for a favour from their north-London rivals - and nearly got it via Heung-min Son late on - but City’s victory means they sit two points clear at the league summit.

In an effort to hamper City’s preparations for Tuesday’s game, a group of Arsenal fans set off fireworks outside the team’s hotel on Monday night. But there was just one problem - City were still in Manchester.

“Last night, I couldn’t sleep,” Walker told Sky Sports after the Tottenham win. “I got to the hotel today - they have tried to set fireworks off the night before but we weren't there, they’ve missed us,” he said, with a snigger.

“It was always going to be difficult with the emotions and everything that was riding on it, but the lads did the job they needed to do,” Walker added on City’s slightly underwhelming performance, particularly in the first half when the champions looked disjointed and nervous.

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But the victory means a City win against an out-of-form West Ham United side on Sunday will secure a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title. “It is one step closer, it’s still not job done,” said Walker. “At least we bring it down to the last day, in front of our fans, which should be important .

“You have to take every game as it comes. We had a job to do tonight - we’ve done that - but we know how things can swing in the balance of a game of football, like going 2-0 down against Aston Villa [on the final day in 2022] and thinking ‘what’s happened?’.

“We recover and three days until West Ham, which is another final, and hopefully we can go and make history for this great club. It is not job done by a million miles.”

However, the night could have had a very different feeling to it had Son converted in the latter stages of the game. City led 1-0 at the time, and faced with one of the league’s most efficient finishers bearing down on goal, Stefan Ortega managed to make a crucial save to maintain City’s lead, minutes before Erling Haaland scored a second from the spot.

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“He [Ortega] has got that spread, like Manuel Neuer,” said Walker. “I bet his heart was in his mouth. I was just thinking ‘no, not again’. 

“For Son, we spent so much time together at Tottenham together. He’s the nicest man in football, so for him to do it to me I don’t think I could forgive him. The stars aligned for us and we’ve got a chance to go do it in the last game of the season.”

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