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Title is in touching distance, says Silva

ESPN staff
March 28, 2014
Manchester City will wait as long as they can before making a decision on David Silva © PA Photos

David Silva claims victory against Arsenal on Saturday would put Manchester City within touching distance of the Premier League title.

A win would have a two-pronged effect, keeping the pressure on leaders Chelsea, whom Manuel Pellegrini's side have two games in hand on, and surely kill off any lingering hopes at Arsenal of competing to finish in top place.

"Another win would make us the favourites," Silva said.

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"There will still be a long way to go but we'll be in a great position going into the final few weeks."

"If we win them all then there is nothing anyone can do to stop us. We are very confident," he added, in The Sun.

Pellegrini's side trail Chelsea by three points, but could be six points adrift before they kick off in north London should Jose Mourinho's men win at Crystal Palace earlier in the day.

Their chances of another convincing win could be hit by Silva being forced to sit out the game with an ankle problem.

He was hurt during City's emphatic 3-0 derby victory against Manchester United on Tuesday but the club will leave it as late as possible before making a decision whether he will play at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mirror.

The doubts over Silva represent another injury setback for Pellegrini, who also has star striker Sergio Aguero sidelined with a hamstring problem.

At least the City manager has no reason to doubt Silva's commitment to the cause. The Spain midfielder was given a standing ovation at the Nou Camp when City were beaten there earlier this month.

He got a similar reception at Real Madrid last season and Villarreal the year before that, but is focused on winning more trophies with City.

Silva said: "It's happened every time I've played in Spain with City. It's something when it happens which makes you proud. I don't know why it is.

"Of course, I am flattered with the reports linking me to a club like Barcelona.

"But I am very used to rumours every summer. The ambition is to regain the Premier League and win the European Cup with City.

"I'm happy at Manchester City and you can see that from the way I play. The Champions League is one we are missing since I joined City -- but I hope next year we will go all the way to the final and, hopefully, win it."

While Silva has been passed fit to play after having treatment on an ankle problem sustained in Tuesday's Manchester derby, Sergio Aguero is still sidelined.

Aguero has missed City's last three matches with a hamstring injury sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Pellegrini said: "The team is exactly the same as last week with Aguero and [Matija] Nastasic out. Aguero needs one more week. We will see next week how he improves from his injury. Silva is okay. He is in the squad list."

Without their 26-goal top scorer Aguero, Edin Dzeko is likely to lead the line against Arsenal with Alvaro Negredo, who has not scored since January, probably beginning on the bench.

City have been linked with a move for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, who is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium in the summer and would be available without a transfer fee, but Pellegrini shrugged off such talk.

He added: "I have heard so many names through the year that I cannot continue talking about all the rumours every week."

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