There may be very few people on the planet that give Arsenal a chance in hell of beating Manchester City this afternoon (including me I’m afraid), but the reason why we love football is because of its unpredictability and any team in the Premier League could beat another one on the right day…
One thing for sure is that both managers in today’s game are looking to play good football and stamp their authority on the game. Man City are looking to keep up the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the table and believes it is a good performance from his team that will scare Jurgen Klopp’s men. “It’s not the points, it’s the way you play,” said Guardiola.
“Managers are sitting watching our games on TV and when they see how good we are, that is the best pressure.”
Unai Emery also made it clear that he wants the Gunners to impose themselves on our opponents when he said: “Usually Manchester City , in every match they impose their style,”
“You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.
“It is very difficult to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a very deep block, it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win.
“But usually you can play 10 matches against Manchester City – maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, maybe us as well – you can lose 10 times playing the same, or maybe lose seven, draw two and win one. But this style can work for you like Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them.”
Surely Emery won’t be advocating that Arsenal park the bus when we have such brilliant attackers in the team. Do Arsenal need to play like that to try and salvage a point at least?
We know full well that Arsenal cannot defend for toffee, so there is only one way we can get anything from this game. Get in their faces and just go for it!