Manchester City stars on Thursday morning trudged through the icy winds and heavy snow to travel down south for their Premier League showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Premier League leaders were pictured outside Manchester’s Piccadilly station battling the wintry conditions owing to the ‘Beast from the East’ which has caused chaos up and down the country.
Arsenal have confirmed the game is on despite the inclement weather, but have urged fans to ensure they leave themselves enough time to get to the stadium to avoid disappointment.
Pep Guardiola will hope his side can inflict a similar result on Thursday evening to that of the 3-0 drubbing in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
The Spanish boss found himself in a less-than-favourable position on Thursday morning, having to wade through the plummeting temperatures of Manchester, but ahead of the tie it was he who expressed sympathy for his beleaguered rival Arsene Wenger as City attempt to take another step towards the title.
‘I understand completely,’ said Guardiola on Wednesday. ‘I’d like to tell him that I am close, I am on the same side as him. I understand what he feels because I have had it before.
‘Believe me, you feel alone because there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
‘What happened can happen to me in the future. We won, I’m good. Arsene Wenger didn’t win, so he’s not good. I always support my colleagues.’
Despite threats to many transport networks, City were able to catch their train without a hitch – although there are minor delays which shouldn’t disrupt the team — sitting in first class — too much.
The squad will settle in London for a few hours before heading to the Emirates, where heaters are ensuring the pitch doesn’t freeze over, before continuing their almost insurmountable charge towards another title.
And Guardiola is hopeful his side will not drop any points and give the chasing pack a chance to gain ground when they face the Gunners.