According to Arsenal’s official website, Mikel Arteta has a ‘very clear idea’ ahead of the Gunners’ mammoth Premier League clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Arteta confessed that Wednesday will be a ‘very special night’ for him, the Spaniard is leading Arsenal against his former employers.
The former Gunners captain spent three-and-half-years as one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants at Manchester City, the former midfielder will be hoping that he has all the secrets to success ahead of the encounter.
Arsenal will need all the help they can get to get the best of a City side that are coming off of a loss to cross-town rivals Manchester United. The Gunners haven’t beat the Citizens in the league since December 2015.
Here’s Arteta’s thoughts on how his knowledge of City can help lead the Gunners to a good result:
“It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do, but it’s something different to be able to stop that and create the issues that I think we can create for them.”
“That has to happen on the day, when they are at their best, we know what they are capable of doing, the variation they have.”
“At the end of the day, it’s about the players on the pitch and their performance.”
The result of the trip to the Etihad Stadium will have massive ramifications on Arsenal’s battle for a Champions League spot this season.
The north London outfit are currently five points behind rivals United – who are in fifth place, the Gunners can use this game in hand to put the pressure on the Red Devils.
If Arsenal can manage to mimic United’s game-plan against City, they have real chance of success. The Gunners certainly have the pace and talent in attack to cause Pep Guardiola’s side some serious problems.