The Gunners have had an impressive start to their campaign this season and Mikel Arteta believes the game against City will prove to be a telling one as an indication of whether Arsenal can go on and win the league this year.
Arteta told the club’s official website, “It’s still too early, whatever happens on Sunday, and I don’t think it’s going to change anything. But if you get points there, and you win then you make a bit of a statement. It’s a huge test for us. We’ve been playing well. We played really good when we went to Liverpool – that’s a tough place to get three points but we did it.’
“This is another test. Man City haven’t lost at home for a while. We know it’s going to be difficult but I’m sure they will be thinking the same thing.’
“A win grows the confidence of the team and everyone around it who believes we are as good as anyone in this league. These are good places to show that.”
Arteta was quick to caution that Mancini’s side will be looking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to real Madrid this week, “It can be like, ‘Oh now we need a win to put that on the side’,” Arteta said. “To be honest, City created a lot of problems for Real Madrid and they went into the last 10 or 15 minutes of the game ahead of them at the Bernabeu, which is not easy at all.’
“We know how good they are, how good players their players are and how tough they’re going to make it for us. At the same time, they will be a bit scared as well.”