“With our goal difference it means two of those clubs have to get 40 points, and I think they would snap our hands off for 40 points because that’s a hard total with the games they have remaining”, Pardew added.
“I played with three big clubs in England and I’ve got the chance to go to Wembley with the smallest among those four clubs I have played for and it is even more handsome”.
Saturday’s 3-0 win over soon-to-be-deposed English champions Chelsea, which featured Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, suggested City are nearing top form and midfielder Yaya Toure said: “We played very well. It is very frustrating”.
Manchester City, which has played same number of matches with Arsenal, is also having 60 points and at the third position. I think we lacked a bit of sharpness on the day and as well we had a bit of free confidence in our head after the result against West Ham where we felt we had absolutely to do a job today.
“On their goal, it did not look unstoppable, maybe the shot surprised him, but we maybe should have stopped the shot”.
The Gunners have seen their title charge lose pace in recent months, as they now face a battle to hold on to a top-four finish and the Champions League qualification that comes with it.
“We didn’t play with enough freedom and flow”.
“Bolasie scored a fantastic goal and it is great that we can take one point from this big club and from a player from Crystal Palace it is a good and it is positive”. “But let’s not dream and focus on the next game”.
“I think this time it’s a little bit more disappointing than before because everybody thought Leicester could be caught at the end of the season and they still could, but unfortunately by Spurs and not by Arsenal“, he said.
“I always say to teams when you come here, if you can stay in the game and you’re tight, then at the end of the game there are going to be opportunities, because they over commit at times”, said Pardew. That’s not a deficiency in the game plan or a deficiency in the manager. “But of course it gives you a chance as well”.