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Guardiola agrees with Wenger — a top-four finish in England IS like a trophy

Date Posted,March 31, 2017

Pep Guardiola agrees with Arsene Wenger that qualifying for the Champions League is like winning a trophy.

Guardiola’s Manchester City face Wenger’s Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday with the Gunners’ boss coming under increasing pressure to bring his 21-year reign to an end.

And Blues counterpart Guardiola said: “Qualifying for the Champions League is definitely like winning a trophy.

“I’m not saying that I would prefer it to the FA Cup [City and Arsenal meet again in that competition’s semi-finals in three weeks’ time] but it’s like winning titles, definitely, because there are so many strong teams.”

City won in December’s reverse fixture — the sides meet again on Sunday (Photo: Getty)

Arsenal will kick off in sixth place, two places below and seven points adrift of City with a match in hand.

And Guardiola admitted he doesn’t know whether his summer transfer plans will be hit if his men fail to finish in the Champions League spots.

The Catalan will undertake a huge rebuilding job at the end of his debut season in Manchester, and he said: “We will try to be there but all six teams desire that, so two teams will be out – and even Everton can be involved in that.

“And the fact is, I don’t know (about transfers).

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