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 By Simon Curtis

Man City stagnation hits home in season of underachievement

The ESPN FC team discuss who, if anyone, can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season, as Ian Darke believes Arsenal may be best fit to challenge.

On Monday morning, Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City sit in second place in the Premier League table -- level on points with Arsenal but ahead on goal difference, albeit one game behind. After seeing off Aston Villa 3-2 at the weekend, just, the Chilean was then widely quoted as saying: "It is no shame if City finish second."

Indeed, City have spent the majority of the season in second. Even during a brief spell at Christmas when they caught leaders Chelsea and -- with identical points, goal difference...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man City to offer £30 million for Jack Wilshere, Bebe's return to England

Manchester City are literally chasing Jack Wilshere.

The rumours are gaining steam and, in many instances, credibility. It's the sweet spot for Transfer Talk, in which anything is possible as the summer window nears.

Citizens circling

Despite Arsene Wenger's best efforts to quash any sort of speculation that Jack Wilshere will be swapping the Emirates for the Etihad this summer, talk of a move will not go away.

The Mirror reports that Manchester City are desperate to add more homegrown talent to their squad and are preparing a £30 million...

Pellegrini 'deserves more respect,' not solely to blame - Zabaleta

The ESPN FC team discuss who, if anyone, can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season, as Ian Darke believes Arsenal may be best fit to challenge.

Pablo Zabaleta has told Manuel Pellegrini's critics that the Manchester City manager "deserves more respect" and insists the Chilean cannot be held solely responsible for their plight.

Pellegrini is under pressure after City have struggled to defend their Premier League title and have lost six of their last 11 matches.

But right-back Zabaleta said City's players have to share the blame for a disappointing season and accepted that many of them have not hit the heights this year.

"The manager...