By Chris Harris
A draw at Emirates Stadium on Sunday would suit neither Arsenal nor Manchester City, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman is preparing his team for one of their biggest games of the season against a City side that is challenging Manchester United for the Premier League title.
A point would usually be a satisfactory outcome from such a high-profile clash but, with Arsenal fighting three other teams for two top-four spots and City slipping five points behind the leaders, that won't be the case this weekend.
"Both teams are in the same situation - a draw is not good enough," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
"Man City could be eight points behind United at the start of the game. We will be in a situation where we want to win the game so it promises to be a very offensive match. In recent seasons, Man City came to Arsenal playing for the draw and I feel that this time both teams will go for the win.
"Man City have good potential and I believe personally that we are a different team now. We are more stable and it is a good opportunity to show it."
With the margin for error so narrow in the race for the title, Wenger believes that City need the points even more than Arsenal.
"I say on our side it is a 'want-win' game more than a must-win game. We love victory and we want to win. On the table side of course you want these three points.
"Man City are in a situation where they will have to win. They are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game. It is a game where everybody will give absolutely everything."
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