With the Premier League table the way it is, Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal do not need to beat Man City tomorrow. Man City do have a much better goal difference than us, though, so with only three points separating the clubs they would overtake us in the league table with a win and a draw would mean that Arsenal would have to take something from the final game next weekend to ensure finishing above Manuel Pellegrini´s team.
The visitors to the Emirates Stadium next week are the relegated and dispirited, and not very good, Aston Villa though, so you would expect a win for Arsenal in that one or at the very least a draw, meaning that tomorrow´s clash is the key game. A point is enough for Arsenal then, but I think the circumstances dictate that we should go for the win.
Our win over City last season was one of the high points and perhaps our best performance and it was based upon a compact and defensive style, as we showed for the first time in a long time that we could soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. It worked perfectly but I do not think we should try to reproduce that performance to the letter, because the injury situation at Man City gives us the ideal opening to take the game to them.
According to Sky Sports the home team will be without their captain and best central defender Vincent Kompany, the left back Kolarov and the right back Zabaleta and this significantly weakens their back line. Add to that the absence of David Silva, their most creative player and the one that could help them to really hurt us with a counter attack and you can see why I think the Gunners need to go for it, or at least be more proactive than we were last year.
Also we should take advantage of their confidence and morale being knocked from their painful Champions League exit this week and try to get at them from the start. If we just sit back and let them grow into the game we might well regret it, so do you think that attack could be the best means of defence for Arsenal?