By Nick Ames
Johan Djourou believes Arsenal have nothing to fear when they face title hopefuls Manchester City this weekend.
The Swiss defender has seen Roberto Mancini’s side close up twice this season, playing in narrow Carling Cup and Premier League defeats against the men from Eastlands. And despite City's quality, Djourou thinks three points are well within the Gunners’ reach.
“They’re a very good team and have showed it,” he told Sunday’s Official Matchday Programme.
“They’ve had a little dip recently though, and we can definitely beat them at Emirates – that’s not something I have any doubts about. They have quality all over the pitch though and will give us a good game - they are still fighting hard for the title, but we can’t worry about that.
“It’s just about getting the points we need and winning the games we have to win. This is a big game for both of us, but it’s down to us to beat them and show how good we are.”
Arsenal’s seven-game winning run in the league was halted by QPR last weekend, and Djourou believes that the need to recover from that setback adds extra edge to Sunday’s game.
“It was a tough game and I do think you have to give a lot of credit to QPR – they played very well and had to give everything because they’re fighting to stay in the division,” he said.
“From our point of view it was disappointing though – we’d put in some great performances before that game and missed something this time.
“You don’t want these things to happen, but that’s sport – this time we were beaten by a team that seemed to want it a little bit more. Now we have to concentrate on beating Manchester City and keeping third place, because it’s not done yet.”
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