‘Arsenal won’t hide against Man City’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said
his team will not adopt a defensive
approach when it visits Premier League
leaders Manchester City tomorrow.
Pep Guardiola’s City are off to a best ever
start to a Premier League campaign with 28
points from 10 games, having remained
unbeaten and scored 35 goals in the
Arsenal’s three league defeats this season
have come on the road but Wenger is
adamant his side will play to their strengths
and not risk defending deep against a top
attacking unit at the Etihad Stadium.
“We’ll of course try to play our game. We’ll
not hide,” Wenger told reporters.
“When we go there, we’ll want to defend
well. But we cannot go there and be
focused on only defending. We want as well
to play and have the ball and create
dangerous situations. The best way to
defend sometimes is to attack.”
City’s fluid attacking style of play is already
drawing comparisons to Wenger’s 2003-04
‘Invincibles’ squad, who lifted the title
without losing a single league game in the
Wenger, however, reckons it is too early
into the season to assess a team and
pointed to Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat at
Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions
League this week as an example of a
sudden shift in momentum.
“It’s only 10 games played, it’s 28 to go.
That’s quite a long way,” he added.
“They (City) are going through a good
patch. If you look at what has been said
about Real Madrid three weeks ago, it
shows you how fragile everything is in the
Arsenal are currently fifth in the league with
19 points, trailing City by nine points.
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