‘Arsenal will not hide against Manchester City’ Wenger reveals tactical approach ahead of crucial fixture

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‘Arsenal will not hide against Manchester City’ Wenger reveals tactical approach ahead of crucial fixture

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has issued a rallying call ahead of this weekend’s Premier League encounter with Manchester City.

The clash takes place at the Etihad stadium on Sunday, kick-off is scheduled for 14:15 GMT.

City are unbeaten so far this season and have registered an incredible 14 victories in a row. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Serie A leaders Napoli by a 4-2 scoreline in Italy earlier this week.

However, Wenger has stated that Arsenal will no park the bus against the league leaders this weekend.

The French tactician has vowed Arsenal “will not hide” and has promised to attack city.

“When we go there, we want to defend well but as well, you cannot go there and only be focused on only defending,” Wenger told reporters at the pre-game press conference.

“We want as well to play, have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack.

“If you want to play football, when you walk out on the pitch you have to accept the gamble and the risk.

“It is part of the game. After, you have to rate the risk. Is it a bigger risk only to defend than to attack if a team is very strong to attack? Maybe it is a bigger risk only to defend.”

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Wenger also stated that it is too early to compare Man City with the legendary 2003-04 Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ team which went all 38 League games undefeated.

“You leave the comments to what they are and focus on your own team,” Wenger stated.

“It is difficult for me to comment. I do not see all their games. If you look back, historically, there are many great teams in England and they are certainly another one.

“But what is at stake for us is three points and no matter how, we want to go there and try to win the game.”

City are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and have averaged an impressive 3.5 goals per game so far.

Arsenal meanwhile sit in fifth spot with 19 points after ten games.