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Pep Guardiola has bizarre fear about facing Fulham that could help Arsenal

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PEP GUARDIOLA is facing a pain in the grass as Mikel Arteta backed Fulham’s kite-flyers to bring down Manchester City’s title charge.

City  boss  Guardiola fears the turf on the Craven Cottage pitch will be LONG and DRY for this lunchtime’s must-win clash,  so he has had his stars preparing on a similar surface at the Etihad campus.

Guardiola is worried about the blades but doesn't mean Sheffield United

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Guardiola is worried about the blades but doesn’t mean Sheffield UnitedCredit: Rex
Pep's men will have to get to the root of the problem at Craven Cottage

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Pep’s men will have to get to the root of the problem at Craven CottageCredit: Rex

Victory will launch his Treble winners two points clear of Arteta’s Arsenal at the top of the Prem.

But Guardiola admitted: “I don’t know about the grass because last season it was so, so high and dry.

“It’s like playing tennis at Wimbledon or Roland Garros — completely different, just ask a tennis player about the speed of the ball. It’s the same in football.”

The Premier League guidelines state grass should be less than 30mm long but Guardiola likes it as low as 21mm.

He added: “We did part of our training session with dry, high grass. It’s a massive difference. We have to feel it to know what to do.”

The Spaniard  accused Nottingham Forest of using the same pitch tactics to slow down his side.

Guardiola said: “There have been a few games like it, not many because  in England for ten months  it’s winter, it’s raining.

“A 12.30pm kick-off  is also different to 8pm, the forecast is sunny.”
Gunners supporters feared Fulham were already on the beach  after video emerged of Marco Silva’s stars flying KITES in training.

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But Arsenal chief Arteta said: “The power of team bonding — sometimes you get amazing results. I’m positive it’s what’s going to happen to Fulham.”

The Londoners need a slip-up from City  to stand a chance of lifting a first  title since 2004.

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Arteta added:  “My brain tells me when talking to the players that we are lifting the Premier League.

“I want to follow my brain and my gut. This is the way I want everybody to think.

“Hopefully we can achieve it.”

Arsenal boss Arteta tips Fulham to come out of the shade vs Man City

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Arsenal boss Arteta tips Fulham to come out of the shade vs Man CityCredit: Getty
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