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‘Our approach last season was spot on’

Danny Welbeck says Arsenal must use last season’s victory at Manchester City as a blueprint for Sunday’s trip to Etihad Stadium.

Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud scored either side of half-time to secure an impressive 2-0 win when Arsène Wenger’s side won there in January 2015.

Welbeck, who was injured at the time, still remembers the match well and feels Arsenal got it “tactically spot on”.

"It was a great team performance, everyone worked hard throughout the game and I think tactically we were spot on"

Danny Welbeck on last season's win at Etihad Stadium

“I remember watching it at home on TV with my family,” he told Arsenal Player. “The performance was outstanding, from the first minute until the last.

“It was a great team performance, everyone worked hard throughout the game and I think tactically we were spot on with how we approached the match.

“I’ve got some good memories [at Man City], and a couple of bad ones as well. I think it’s important to focus on the next game coming and make sure that it’s another good memory.”

Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final defeat at Real Madrid was City’s 10th match since the start of April, but Welbeck is sure Arsenal will face a tough challenge on Sunday.

“For them to be going into a Champions League semi-final second leg and having the opportunity to progress to the final is a major situation,” he added.

“Them not qualifying will put a bit of a downer on their confidence but City have a great squad, a great team and have great players in and around the whole club. There’s a lot of players who can come in on the weekend and provide a very stern test for Arsenal.”

 

Olivier Giroud

 

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