Arsene Wenger insists he does not envy Manchester City’s strong squad and believes he has more creative players at his disposal than counterpart Manuel Pellegrini.
Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium on Saturday and Wenger believes his own squad is capable of extending their lead at the top of the Premier League table against Pellegrini’s side.
‘City has a strong squad, I don’t deny that but when I look at my squad I don’t envy them,’ said Wenger.
Making a point: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (far right) insists he doesn’t envy the Manchester City squad
‘We have more creative players and we are more versatile. It’s easier for me to rotate.’
The Frenchman also claimed Manchester City face ‘negative pressure’ at the Etihad ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
Despite City’s exceptional home record – they have won their last five games at the Etihad – Arsenal’s manager claims Manuel Pellegrini is under huge pressure.
City will be nine points behind the Barclays Premier League leaders if Arsenal pull off a shock on Saturday lunchtime.
‘Let’s not forget if City lose they are nine points behind, so they have negative pressure. We have positive pressure,’ said Wenger.
‘We want to do well, we have a cushion, we are not under massive pressure.
‘We have an opportunity to show we are a good team and that’s an opportunity we want to take.
‘This is the next test and it’s a game where we can make a difference and what we want to do is to be ourselves with our quality, spirit and attitude and we want to get a result.
‘I have been questioned so many times about our defence, but we like to score goals and go forward. But Man City can do that as well. Pellegrini is an offensive manager and so am I.’
‘We make City believe they play away! I believe first of all we need to be strong defensively and maybe the best way to do that is to attack and stop them finding their flow.
‘We have an opportunity to make a difference because we play first, we can go fro five points clear to eight. That’s how we look at it.
Source : Mirror