By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger does not expect Manchester City to have things all their own way as they look to defend their league crown.

Roberto Mancini’s side claimed their first-ever Premier League title in dramatic fashion last season, lifting the trophy after Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time winner on the final day of the campaign.

But Wenger, no stranger to success having guided Arsenal to three titles, thinks the champions face a significant challenge to retain their title.

“It changes a bit because, first of all, you have done it,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. “Sometimes to do it again is harder. Everybody wants to beat you. The focus needs to be there.”

Arsenal suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in last season’s corresponding fixture at the Etihad Stadium but Wenger is confident his team have improved considerably in the following nine months.

“I would be tempted to say yes that we are better now,” he said. “Last year we were in a different position when we went up there, but it was a very close game.

“It is always interesting to go into these big games because you have the championship and then you have the big games. It’s always interesting to watch your team.

“I am confident because we have quality, experience and a huge desire to do well together. That has a big impact in big games.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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21 Sep 2012