By Joe Brewin

Robin van Persie is expecting a Manchester City backlash when Arsenal head north on Sunday.

Van Persie will lead out Arsène Wenger’s side at the Etihad Stadium as Arsenal look to extend their eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

City’s own unbeaten run was ended by Chelsea on Monday and Van Persie expects Roberto Mancini’s men to be smarting from what was their first league defeat of the campaign.

“Normally good teams bounce back,” Van Persie told Arsenal Player. “You never really know.

“But I remember playing Manchester United a couple of years ago after the unbeaten season when we lost our first game 2-0 at Old Trafford. The following four or five games we didn't win somehow - it was always a draw and somehow we couldn't win.

“That was our bit of history but you never know how they will pick it up. Hopefully we can get a good result and everybody is looking forward to it, preparing well.

“This is what you want as a player, you want to play in those games where you don't know what's going to happen. They don't know what will happen either, and that's what makes it interesting.”

City are currently top of the pile in the Premier League after 15 matches, having dropped just seven points all season. Van Persie is well aware of their threat but he thinks it’s foolish to rule out an Arsenal win.

“It's going to be one of our biggest tests so far, although we have had some big tests already,” he said. “But everybody is looking forward to Sunday.

“Man City are the team to beat, although they did lose against Chelsea. They have a strong team, everybody knows that, with a few good players in midfield and attack. Defensively they are strong as well so they are just a world-class team.

“It's going to be a big test but we have played against world-class sides before - nobody really expected us to beat Chelsea 5-3 away, but we did it. I don't see why we can't surprise again, we're having a good run, everybody is confident and believes in themselves. The spirit is as high as it can get.”

You can watch the full interview with Robin on Arsenal Player now.

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16 Dec 2011