Manchester City the big winners of the Premier League weekend

Manchester City were the benefactors of both Liverpool and Arsenal dropping points over the weekend
Manchester City v Luton Town - Premier League
Manchester City v Luton Town - Premier League / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Despite playing the day before, Manchester City came out the big benefactors over the Premier League weekend, as both Liverpool and Arsenal lost against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, respectively.

With Liverpool and Arsenal dropping points, Manchester City not sit alone atop the league table.

Following the draw midweek against Real Madrid, City won with a resounding 5-1 score line over Luton Town at the Etihad.

"They like to play the pressure," Pep Guardiola said after the game on Saturday. "They like when you are dead or alive.

"That doesn't mean we are going to to do it but I am pretty sure we will be there until the end because I know them, I see their faces in the meetings before game and how they prepare. That means we will be Premier League champions? No, no. I am not saying that. But we will compete, that is for sure."

City haven't been their usual City selves for much of the season but they seemed to have shifted into gear at the most opportune time. In addition to beating Luton, the game saw the return of Ederson who had been missing since suffering an injury against Liverpool earlier in the month.

While they didn't see any game time, both Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake made the bench. One has to assume one of the two will be available to start in the return fixture of the Champions League versus Real Madrid.

On paper, Arsenal have a more difficult remaining schedule than Manchester City and Liverpool. In other words, the odds are higher that the Gunners will drop more points from here on out than the other two.


Still a two point lead leaves City with little margin for error. But if recent history has shown us anything, it's that if anyone has the ability to handle the pressure under the slightest margins in the league, it's Guardiola's Manchester City.