We’ll be fighting for our first Premier League win against Manchester City since 2015 when Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but we can take confidence from this season’s Community Shield Final victory.
“Well, that was an important one for us,” Mikel Arteta recalled in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“To win a title against Man City is always something you have to value, the way we did it as well and it gives us confidence and belief that we can beat them.
“That was a while ago obviously. It was after pre-season, we had some players available, some players not available, we are much more into the season, so I think it will be a different game.”
City are hoping to show a response to their last league outing, which was a surprise 2-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“Any team in the Premier League has the tools and the quality to beat you and I think all the managers are aware of that, for sure,” Mikel added.
We’ll be needing the incredible Arsenal support right behind us again on Sunday to battle for those points, and Mikel is encouraged by the fact that we have proven already this season that we can avoid getting caught up in the emotion of games.
“First of all I think that we have the best atmosphere ever at the Emirates and if we can create that then it’s going to be so helpful for the team,” he said. “We have moments where we have managed it exceptionally well. Against PSV was a really good example and certain parts against Spurs, but that’s down to us. Hopefully the crowd can give us that and that will be a big plus for us.”
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