Bernardo Silva hits out at ‘hypocrisy’ of Premier League title race narrative

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has questioned the narrative surrounding the Premier League title race against Arsenal.

As we approach the end of the campaign, Arsenal sit top of the table, eight points clear of City having played one game more, and the concept of ‘experience’ in the title race has been thrown around regularly in both defence and criticism of the two sides.

“Some people say ‘City are more experienced’ and others say ‘oh, because they’ve won it in the past, they don’t want to win it any more’,” Silva explained.

“For Arsenal, it’s the same. One day they don’t have enough experience to win it, but the next day it’s ‘oh they’re very hungry because they’ve never won it’. Experienced or inexperienced, they are there. They are very good and deserve to be there.”

Interestingly, Silva’s statement comes just a few weeks after City boss Pep Guardiola argued that Arsenal’s wait for the title made them hungrier than his serial winners.

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Arsenal have an obvious lead in the title race but City, who put on perhaps their best performance of the season as they thumped Liverpool 4-1 at the weekend, will host Arsenal later this month in what could be the game that decides the fate of the trophy.

“I think we’re playing our best football of the season,” Silva warned Arsenal. “Where we are at the moment is the best we’ve played, by far.

“It could be a very important game against them, but we have big games before then. If we slip up before then, it doesn’t matter what happens in that game.”

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