Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, is right to see a top-four Premier League finish as winning a trophy.

Wenger made the claim in 2012 after an FA Cup defeat at Sunderland, he stated that “the first trophy is to finish in the top four”.

Guardiola says he agrees, because of the quality of competition among clubs in England.

“Here yeah, in England definitely,” he said in his press conference, ahead of the trip to the Emirates this Sunday.

“No, I don’t say that [it’s better than winning the FA Cup], but it’s like winning a title, definitely. There are such strong teams, yeah.”

He added: “It’s important to try to be there, but six teams want to do that, so two teams will be out. Even Everton will be involved in that,” he added. “This year looks sometimes amazing.

Chelsea and Liverpool didn’t play in Europe, and when you see Chelsea and Liverpool player [you wonder] what happened last season not to be even in the Europa League, so that’s how difficult it is.”

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