Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will have to deliver a strong defensive performance and be brave in attack if they are to leave the Etihad with three points on Sunday.
After Tuesday’s defeat to Everton the Gunners know they have little margin for error when they travel to Manchester City, all the more so if Chelsea record another win on Saturday to open a nine-point gap.
Speaking ahead of the trip to the North West, Wenger called on his players to prove their mettle with an attacking performance.
“The key to big games against City is to defend well together and not be timid every time you get the ball,” said Wenger.
“We have to have a go and try to attack, because that’s part of our philosophy. Overall that’s what you have to do but you have not to forget as well that City’s team is very strong going forward, maybe even more now with Pep Guardiola, so we certainly have to focus on defending well.”
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six games against City with many of those games eye-catching for the neutral. With a lot of hype around the game Wenger expects more of the same.
“What you want from the top-level games is that it responds to the level of expectation quality-wise. I hope that both teams achieve that. I think it will happen because I’m a positive man and I always expect big games to be something special. I expect a special performance and for it to be special for people who love football.”