Arsène Wenger admits it is “important” for his side to deliver a stirring performance at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Gunners’ ability to win the very biggest games has been questioned in some quarters, particularly after last month’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

But Wenger believes it will have a long-lasting effect if they make a big statement by winning at Etihad Stadium this weekend.

I believe we were not completely ourselves offensively and that's what we want to do better [at City] - be dangerous offensively

Arsène Wenger

“It is important, how important I don't know, but it is important,” the manager said. “We have been very consistent away from home.

“The only blip we had was at Manchester United and people forget that United had two shots on target on the day and they scored a goal off a shoulder from a corner.

“But on the day, I believe we were not completely ourselves offensively and that's what we want to do better [at City] - be dangerous offensively.”

Wenger believes the tight nature of the Premier League means it is far too early to talk about possible title challenges.

“In England you have so many teams who can win the league, nobody can guarantee they will do it before the season starts,” he said. “We have Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham who want to win it.

“Everton now look to be a contender, too. So it is impossible to say mathematically we will win it.”

Copyright 2014 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 Rob Kelly 13 Dec 2013