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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Wimbledon 2018
The Sport Review
Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic wins his fourth against Anderson – but No13 is extra special
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Unai Emery: What I really think about Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal
The Sport Review
Igor Biscan makes prediction about Mo Salah at Liverpool FC
The Sport Review
Gareth Bale breaks silence on his future amid Man United talk