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Mancini: Arsenal defeats ends title challenge

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says defeat to Arsenal on Sunday will end his side's hopes of claiming the Premier League title this season.

With leaders Manchester United taking on Queens Park Rangers prior to the encounter at The Emirates Stadium, City could be eight points adrift come kick-off in north London.

And the Italian admits dropping further points against The Gunners will prove to be their final act in the title race

"If we lose against Arsenal and they beat QPR – yes," said Mancini, when asked about if the title could be decided this weekend.

"I think always positive, I can't think this. Against Sunderland we didn't play very well, for me we were so flat in the first half. But we shot 25 times on goal, we had 65% ball possession. Sunderland shot three times at goal and scored three goals.

"We did some mistakes defensively but we were unlucky. But now we can say nothing, we can't think about Sunderland. We should think positive for the next seven games.

"I think it may be more difficult but it is my opinion that this championship is not finished."

However, should City keep the gap at five points after this weekend, then Mancini believes his side can still catch the reigning champions.

United travel to the Etihad Stadium on April 30, a ground Mancini's side are unbeaten at in the Premier League this season, having won 15 out of 16 matches there this season.

Mancini is hoping that along with beating Sir Alex Ferguson's men at the end of the month, his side can make up the points elsewhere.

"I think always positive, I can't think this," he added. "Against Sunderland we didn't play very well, for me we were so flat in the first half. But we shot 25 times on goal, we had 65% ball possession.

"Sunderland shot three times at goal and scored three goals.

"We did some mistakes defensively but we were unlucky. But now we can say nothing, we can't think about Sunderland. We should think positive for the next seven games.

"I think it may be more difficult but it is my opinion that this championship is not finished."

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