Friday, 13 December 2013

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to 'be themselves' at Manchester City

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side have to 'be themselves offensively' at Manchester City on Saturday, something he felt was lacking on their visit to neighbours United.
Arsene Wenger: Arsenal up against Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City on Saturday
The Gunners were beaten 1-0 in a low-key game at Old Trafford in November but have recovered and could move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win in the lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite such reassuring form, Wenger knows his team must deliver a performance that is much more in keeping with their traditional attacking style against a City side that have been in lethal form on their own ground and whose confidence got a boost with the midweek win at Bayern Munich.
"People forget that United had two shots on target on the day and they scored a goal off a shoulder (of Robin van Persie) from a corner, but I believe we were not completely ourselves offensively and that is what we want to do better, to be dangerous offensively," Wenger said.
"However, a team is not set there (following a poor performance). After they do it, they grow.
"Sometimes if they do it they stop, learn from it and then grow again."It is what we want to show at City. We learn from it and we go again."
Wenger does not want his team to be overawed by their status as Premier League pace-setters and is confident they can perform under pressure.
"I don't see why you should be scared," he added.
"Last season when we went to Newcastle on the last day and we had absolutely to win you could think 'if we don't win it will be a disaster', but today we are in a position where we can look much more at the game in a positive way."
Wenger, though, warned Arsenal will have to be on their guard against City's expensively assembled squad, which has been potent in attack at home this season, thrashing United 4-1 in September, sticking seven past Norwich and hitting Tottenham for six last month.
"We need to make sure we have the ball," Wenger said.
"When they have the ball they are dangerous: (David) Silva, (Yaya) Toure, (Sergio) Aguero, (Alvaro) Negredo - they have potential to be dangerous.
"For us, it is important we have the ball."

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