Mikel Arteta insists Manchester City are as good as ever despite their recent dip in form and believes his former side have been ‘unlucky’ with their recent results.
Arsenal travel to face City at the Etihad this weekend and face a side which have won just once in their opening three league fixtures of the season, following up on their opening win at Wolves with a dismal defeat to Leicester and an entertaining draw at newly-promoted Leeds.
Their inconsistent form comes after a season in which they relinquished the Premier League title to Liverpool, finishing a huge 18 points behind the champions with defensive issues plaguing their campaign.
Despite their recent struggles, however, Arteta – who spent three successful years on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff before taking charge of Arsenal – believes his former side remain as formidable as ever and believes City have been unfortunate not to get the results their performances deserve.
“They still produce incredible numbers in everything they do,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “In my opinion, they’ve been really unlucky with some of the results they’ve got.
“They should have put games to bed very early. The level of efficiency of the opponents when they had chances or half chances have punished them a lot.
“I haven’t seen many decreases in the level of their playing or what they are producing game by game. I haven’t seen any of that.”
Arsenal travel to Manchester this weekend seeking to continue their positive start to the campaign after winning three of their opening four fixtures, with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to be passed fit after an ankle problem.
The Gunners will, however, be without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Callum Chambers through injury, whilst Kieran Tierney has been told to self-isolate following teammate Stuart Armstrong’s positive coronavirus test whilst on international duty.