Man City defender Manuel Akanji makes Arsenal claim following draw with Everton

Pep Guardiola&aposs men drew 1-1 with Everton at the Etihad Stadium on New Year&aposs Eve, which allowed league-leaders Arsenal to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Erling Haaland opened the scoring for the home side against the Toffees, but Demarai Gray bagged a stunning goal in the second period to earn Frank Lampard&aposs side a point on the road.

Akanji started at the heart of the City defence against Everton, and the Swiss defender, who arrived in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, should probably have done better to prevent Gray from getting a shot off. However, he suggested that it is about putting pressure on Arsenal and making the most of the hectic fixture schedule.

“It was good until we conceded and it went 1-1,” he told club media. “We tried to score the second goal and the winning goal, we had opportunities to score, but it didn&apost want to go in. We tried until the last minute.

“It was one of those games. We gave the opponents one opportunity with their only shot on target and they scored it immediately.

“In the next game we have to do better, keep a clean sheet and then maybe 1-0 will be enough.”

He continued: “We got one point out of this game, we try to keep putting the pressure on Arsenal and it&aposs still a long season. We&aposve still got a lot of games to play, it&aposs a busy January that we&aposve got now and we try to win all of our next games.”

Discussing the upcoming back-to-back matches against Chelsea, Akanji added: “It&aposs not going to get easier. I think Chelsea and then we play in the week against Tottenham and Arsenal, we&aposve got United in between, there&aposs no easy games coming but that&aposs what we play football for.”

Akanji has made 15 appearances for Guardiola&aposs side so far this season, including 14 starts. He is expected to start in the Premier League clash against Chelsea on Thursday.