Iwobi’s Boss Details How Arsenal Must Play To Beat Manchester City



It is expected to be an interesting contest when Arsenal pay Premier League champions Manchester City a visit at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with City heading into the game in third place with 56 points while the Gunners are in fifth place with 47 points. A win for either side would be a great boost for their respective ambitions and Alex Iwobi’s head coach Unai Emery is hopeful his side can replicate what Newcastle and Crystal Palace have accomplished in recent games.


Ahead of the crucial clash, the Arsenal boss declared he will not sit back and defend against Pep Guardiola’s side on a trip which is set to demand quite a lot of the Gunners and Emery in particular, who is yet to taste victory against Guardiola, ever. City, however, will enter the match on the back of a shock 2-1 loss to Newcastle United and are now five points behind league leaders Liverpool who will not be in action until Monday when they visit West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Emery has suggested his side may have to adapt the way they play on Sunday, but insisted they would not sit back and emulate the defensive style Newcastle and Crystal Palace have used to defeat City this season. “Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style,” Emery said. “You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.”

The Arsenal boss continued: “It is very difficult to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a very deep block it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win. But usually you can play 10 matches against Manchester City – maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, maybe us as well – you can lose 10 times playing the same, or maybe lose seven, draw two and win one. But this style can work for you like Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them.”

Now firmly in the post-Arsene Wenger era, the Gunners have shown glimpses of promise this season but now find themselves three points outside the top four, though, with a game in hand albeit a tough one. Along with that was a quiet January transfer window for the club which saw Denis Suarez’s arrival on loan being their only addition – despite Emery’s desire to see up to three players signed. The lack of activity is a signal to the manager that Arsenal must follow the example of Liverpool and Tottenham and look to develop young players.

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