Bernardo Silva believes City need to ‘do our job and win our own games’ in the wake of Sunday's goalless draw with fellow title challengers Arsenal at the Etihad.

Nathan Ake and Mateo Kovacic both went close for City on either side of half-time, whilst former City player Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leandro Trossard threatened for the visitors.

In a tense, hard fought clash, chances were few and far between as for the first time in 58 games City were denied a goal on home soil.

 The result left Liverpool on top with 67 points, Arsenal second on 65 and City third on 64 with all three teams having played 29 games.

“It was a tough game because we played against a top team,” Bernardo reflected.


“Very well organised, very competitive, and play with a high rhythm and I think it could’ve gone both ways, that’s what I felt on the pitch.

“I think we started better and then during the game they were very good as well, I felt we had more control, more possession, but they were always dangerous on set-pieces and on counter attacks.

“It’s never easy to play against teams that defend this well and it wasn’t easy to create chances to give our strikers opportunities to score goals.”

There was a feeling of respect between the two sets of players at full-time, and Bernardo was full of admiration for an Arsenal side who picked up their first point at the Etihad in eight visits.

“Last April they went man to man for the whole game and when you do that is a bit of a fifty-fifty, today it was a different Arsenal team with more experience,” Bernardo added.

“They have young players that are now one year more experienced, they felt what it was to play here last season and today they were much better.”


After a tense affair between the two sides, both teams were forced to settle for a point a piece.

With Liverpool emerging as new leaders after their earlier 2-1 win at home to Brighton, but there are still nine games to go in the title race.

“A lot can happen now we don’t depend on ourselves,” the Portuguese continued.

“We depend on Liverpool and Arsenal now because we don’t play against them again, so we need them to drop points as well as do our job and win our own games.”