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Pep Guardiola is aiming to send a title warning to Liverpool – but not just by winning against Arsenal.

The Manchester City boss wants to increase the pressure on the Premier League leaders by winning at the Etihad against Unai Emery’s side while at the same time showcasing just how good they can be against even the top teams.

City will close the gap at the top of the table to two points if they return to winning ways with Jurgen Klopp’s men set to play on Monday against West Ham.

The defending champions suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Newcastle in midweek and although Liverpool failed to beat Leicester, the Reds moved a further point ahead of City with a 1-1 draw.

“It’s not the points, it’s the way you play,” Guardiola said.

“Managers are sitting watching our games on TV and when they see how good we are, that is the best pressure.”

The visit of fifth-placed Arsenal marks the start of a crucial week for City, who slipped to third in the Premier League table on Saturday following Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Guardiola’s team are also in Premier League action on Wednesday at Everton before hosting fourth-Chelsea on February 10.

Liverpool are away to West Ham on Monday and play Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

“If you want to be a real contender you have to make a lot of points,” added Guardiola.

“It’s an important week but after this week if we are still there then the next games will be important too.

“The pleasure is to play as good as possible and win games. After that, titles will be a consequence.

“How are we going to win coming from behind? What do we have to do? The only way is we focus.

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