Arsenal are currently leading the Premier League table with a five-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City, although they have played two more games than the reigning champions.
The Gunners are looking for their first away win against City since 2015 to keep their hopes of winning the title alive. However, Arsenal’s recent form has been under scrutiny as they have drawn their last three league games raising concerns about whether their young squad can deliver the club’s first Premier League crown in 19 years.
Despite this, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains confident citing the team’s several notable away wins this season.
Speaking at a pre-match news conference on Tuesday, Arteta described the upcoming match as a tough challenge but also an incredible opportunity for his team.
“We knew from the beginning — you want to win a Premier League, you have to go to Spurs and you have to beat them, you have to go to Chelsea and you have to beat them”.
“This is what we have been doing, that is why we are here and now we have to go to City and we have to beat them — you want to be champion, you have to win these matches, it is as simple as that.”
Arsenal will be without France defender William Saliba who has shown “no improvement” in his recovery from a back injury, while Arteta also disclosed Granit Xhaka is uncertain for the game at the Etihad.