Arsene Wenger sends defiant message to Arsenal ahead of Man City clash

The Arsenal manager insists the Gunners won't adjust their game plan for the trip to Man City

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal will persevere with their style of play despite coming up against Premier League leaders Manchester City at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners will make the long trip to the Eastlands outfit this weekend in search of just a second top-flight win on the road in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal were 5-2 winners against Everton at Goodison Park earlier this month as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez produced a stylish performance on Merseyside.

The north London side lost 4-0 to title rivals Liverpool at Anfield back in August before battling to a goalless draw with defending Premier League champions Chelsea.

Manchester City were 5-0 winners against Jurgen Klopp’s side at The Etihad in their first real test of their title credentials before a dominant 1-0 victory at Chelsea at the end of September.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Wenger was adamant that the Gunners won’t adjust their game plan.

I wouldn’t like to come out on [our approach] but of course we will try to play our game. We will not hide,” Wenger said.

“When we go there, we want to defend well but you cannot go there and only be focused on just defending. We want as well to play, have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack.

“When you want to play football, you have to accept the risk and you have to play. If you want to play football, when you walk out on the pitch you have to accept the gamble and the risk. It is part of the game.

“After, you have to rate the risk. Is it a bigger risk only to defend than to attack if a team is very strong in attack? Maybe it is a bigger risk only to defend.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a place in the Champions League.

The Gunners had to settle for a goalless draw with Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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