Jack Grealish praises two Arsenal stars who have helped them in title race

Manchester City forward Jack Grealish believes the additions of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz have helped Arsenal this season, while they also boast a new experience that was missing in last season’s title race.

The Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in control of their destiny, sitting top of the Premier League table heading into the weekend. A win will move them four points clear of City, while they it would also build a three-point gap to Liverpool if they lose to Brighton earlier in the day.

Ahead of this huge meeting, Grealish spoke to City’s club channels about his admiration of Arsenal this season and how they’ve built on their failed title charge of last year.

“Obviously, they have added Declan and Havertz who are both playing really well at the moment,” Grealish said. “They might have a bit more experience than last season.

“In both this season and last season, they have had a young side and last season was their first real time in a title race, so this year they might have a bit more experience.

“I think it is all about us at the moment and if we go out there and win the game then it puts us in a great position.”

Declan Rice, Kai HavertzDeclan Rice, Kai Havertz

Rice and Havertz have stepped up recently / Harriet Lander/Copa/GettyImages

Grealish added: “We have to win. We are behind them at the moment.

“We know it is going to be a tough game, but I just feel that when teams come to the Etihad, I feel like we always make it difficult for them.

“I don’t think we’ve lost at the Etihad for about 16 months or something. It is a game that we are looking forward to and you want to play in. I am looking forward to it.”

Grealish recently returned to training following a groin injury and is in contention to face Arsenal.

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