By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas hopes that the spirit and soul of Arsenal will see off Manchester City this weekend.
Sunday's game at Eastlands will be a clash of footballing cultures, pitting Arsène Wenger's nurtured, youth-orientated project against Roberto Mancini's well-drilled and expensively-assembled squad.
Unlike most of the City team, Fabregas has been a first-team fixture at his club for five years. He knows Sunday's opponents can afford any player they want - but he also knows that camaraderie and understanding takes time to acquire.
"Of course you cannot buy that in one year," he said. "You need a few years to get everyone together to know each other well. It’s not easy. You don’t do in one season or two I would say.
"They have a lot of money, they are taking advantage of it and that’s it. Obviously it’s not our style, but we respect everyone’s decision. Everyone decides how they want to win.
"They have good players but we have our style, how we want to play. Our mentality is to try to win every game and we will try to do it if it's Man City, the richest club in the world, or the poorest club in the world. We will try to win any game."
Manchester has been an unhappy hunting ground for Arsenal in the recent past - they lost 2-1 at United and 4-2 at City in the Premier League last season and were beaten 3-0 in the Carling Cup at Eastlands too. Fabregas hopes they can put that right on Sunday.
"We will try," he said. "Manchester is always a very passionate city about football. They have two very good teams but we always go there to win.
"Of course it is very difficult to go there and have an easy game. It never happens so we have to be very, very competitive to win."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source