Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will travel to Manchester City this weekend seeking victory but says his side must get ‘every detail’ right to secure three points at the Etihad.
Arsenal have made a positive start to the new season and currently sit in the Champions League places after winning three of their opening four fixtures, though face another stern examination of their credentials when they travel to face City on Saturday evening.
The north London outfit have endured a wretched recent record against Pep Guardiola’s side in recent seasons and have lost the past six league meetings between the two clubs, but the Gunners will take confidence from their victory over City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved the match-winner with both goals as Arsenal advanced to the final with a 2-0 success at Wembley, and Arteta says the ‘ambition’ of his side will be to win once more this weekend.
“Our ambition is to go there and try to beat them again,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “We know the challenge, we know how hard it is. Every detail, every individual performance has to be top.
“We have to control a lot of aspects of the game against them that might be very different to the ones we had to control against Sheffield [United].
“We have to be able to adapt as a team when we face this kind of opposition.”
Arsenal could hand a debut to deadline day signing Thomas Partey following the late window arrival of the Ghanaian international from Atletico Madrid, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to feature despite an ankle problem.
Kieran Tierney faces the prospect of missing the clash after being told to isolate after reportedly coming into close contact with Stuart Armstrong on international duty, the Southampton midfielder having tested positive for Covid-19.