MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal will look to go eight points clear in the EPL standings with a win over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The EPL leaders are currently on 35 points, five more than their closest rivals and six more than Manchester City heading into Saturday’s contest.
“I think we have an opportunity to make the difference by playing first tomorrow,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
“It is a game where we can make a difference with everybody. What we want to do is just to be ourselves with our quality, with our spirit, with our attitude. We want to get a result.
“I think we have an opportunity to make the difference with everybody else tomorrow morning early.
“We play first and we have the opportunity to go from five to eight and that’s fantastic. We have to look at it like that.”
The Gunners boss also believes the pressure is on Manchester City to get a result at home.
“Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position, if they lose they are nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we have,” he said.
“We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like that.”
While Arsenal is coming off a 2-0 defeat at Napoli in the Champions League in midweek, Manchester City is full of confidence after coming from two goals down to beat European holders Bayern Munich on the road.
Joe Hart could return in goal for the home side, while midfield playmaker David Silva is expected to keep his place in the starting team after impressing on his return from injury in midweek.
Striker Stevan Jovetic (calf) is available, but right-back Micah Richards is doubtful with a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the game early against Bayern Munich.
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