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Newcastle defeat has Manchester City’s Laporte fired up for Arsenal’s visit

AYMERIC Laporte has urged Manchester City to take out their frustration on Arsenal in a bid to keep their Premier League title challenge alive after a shock defeat at Newcastle.

City looked to be well on the way to a ninth successive victory in all competitions and reducing Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to a single point when they took a first-minute lead at St James’ Park on Tuesday.

However, Pep Guardiola’s side left Tyneside on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. City return to action at Arsenal on Sunday, with Laporte knowing there is only one acceptable response to the midweek upset.

The French defender (pictured) said: ‘Obviously it’s always disappointing when you lose because we were supposed to get closer to Liverpool and to our goal.

‘But obviously we need to learn and look forward, learn about our mistakes and think about the next games. There are still 14 games left, so we are going to fight until the end.

‘We have a great team, no matter what the result was, so I am not worried about the performance and the players we have in our squad.

‘Hopefully we can improve and do better in the upcoming games. All the games are important, [Newcastle was] as well.

‘It was as important as the rest of the games ahead, but obviously after the defeat we are going to need an extra effort to win the following games and keep being in the title race.’

They said it

‘It was unbelievable, probably one of the best nights of my life so far’ — Newcastle defender Sean Longstaff hailed the victory over City as a ‘perfect night’