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‘We have to accept the risk… we have to play’

It looks a daunting prospect to face Manchester City right now: 10 games played, nine won, 35 goals scored and just six conceded.

Arsene Wenger knows just how big a challenge Sunday’s match at the Etihad will be, but insists his side are prepared to go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola’s side.

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“I wouldn’t like to come out on [our approach] but of course we will try to play our game. We will not hide,” the Arsenal manager said.

“When we go there, we want to defend well but you cannot go there and only be focused on just defending. We want as well to play, have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack.

“When you want to play football, you have to accept the risk and you have to play. If you want to play football, when you walk out on the pitch you have to accept the gamble and the risk. It is part of the game.

“After, you have to rate the risk. Is it a bigger risk only to defend than to attack if a team is very strong in attack? Maybe it is a bigger risk only to defend.”

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