The Gunners travel to Etihad Stadium knowing that a win will move them nine points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s men and preserve their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Frenchman, whose side have only lost once on their travels in the English top flight this season, has promised that the north Londoners will look to attack the hosts from the off.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
What we can learn from Old Trafford is that it took us one half to be completely ourselves. I think we have learned from that and we will go into the game [at City] on full cylinders.
I believe first of all that you need a strong defensive performance and maybe the best way to do that is to attack and [keep] the ball and not let them find their flow.
We have an opportunity to make the difference with everybody else [on Saturday] morning, as we play first. We have an opportunity to go from five to to eight [points clear] and that’s fantastic. We have to look at it like that.
Wenger has also insisted that City are under a lot more pressure to get a result from the game than his table topping Gunners. He added:
Of course [a win would] strengthen your belief, but I am convinced we believe in ourselves anyway, no matter what happens.
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Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position and they lose, then they’re nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we have.
We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like that
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have an intimidating home record this season; with the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham humiliated 6-0 in Manchester last month. However, Arsenal have the momentum of some strong early season form and will give City a run for their money.
The Manchester club have scored the most goals in the division this term, while Arsenal have conceded the fewest. The Gunners back four has looked solid under pressure, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny especially impressive in the heart of the rearguard and if they can organise themselves and their full-backs, they have as good a chance as anyone of shutting out the free-scoring City.
The midweek Champions League result was a disappointment but if Arsenal adopt the same damage limitation or defensive outlook here, City have the quality to cut them open and win the game. However if the Gunners can start the game with a positive attitude and stick to their strength they can push City back and allow Arsenal to create chances, as we know, attack is the best form of defence.
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