Manchester City not afraid of trip to Arsenal, insists Joe Hart
Joe Hart insists Manchester City's recent results against Arsenal will not play on the Citizens' minds at the Emirates on Sunday
Joe Hart insists Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on Sunday convinced that they can secure victory at Emirates Stadium.
City were beaten by a late Mikel Arteta goal in north London last season and were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsene Wenger’s men at Eastlands back in September.
But Hart insists the Citizens’ recent record against the Gunners will not play on the minds of Roberto Mancini’s men at the weekend as the defending Premier League champions look to close the gap on leaders Manchester United.
Hart told talkSPORT: “Apparently we haven’t scored [at the Emirates] since 2007 which is never great when you’re trying to win.
“We feel strongly we can turn up anywhere and win but it’s just not been the case unfortunately when we’ve been to the Emirates but it’s not one of those [places] where you walk through the doors and you’re like, ‘oh no, we’re here again. We’re going to lose’.
“It’s got a great pitch, a great atmosphere and it feels like you can go there and express yourself and hopefully that will be the case on Sunday.”
Hart insists City are “feeling positive” about their chances of retaining the Premier League title, despite the seven-point gap to their fierce derby rivals.
He continued: “It’s been frustrating for us because we know what we’re capable of and unfortunately sometimes we’ve had games where a couple of us haven’t played great when last year two or three would play brilliantly and that would be enough to win the game and other games we won comfortably.
“It’s difficult but we’ve been fighting through it and we’re feeling positive.”