"He can be an asset every time we attack because he's a guy who can create chances". "It is a massive game for us for many circumstances, starting from the way we want to play, to try to win the game", Sky Sports quoted Pep as saying. Maybe we got the benefit from the referee but the penalty was the second one of its type in the game. Even Pep has not been clear about bringing Sanchez to the Etihad, though the move just seems to be inevitable unless the Arsenal manager can really pull off a miracle and convince him to pen down a new deal.
But, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech after the match said the third goal made the difference.
He said: "How many games are left?" David Silva looked far behind everybody but the referee has a better view than me.
With a balanced schedule, there are no surprises - you know you're playing each team twice, once at your stadium and once at theirs.
The two sides are all set to face off in the top flight of English football on Sunday, in a match which could make or break the north London giant's league campaign, as they try to close the gap between them and Pep Guardiola's side who are now leading the points table.
City have dropped just two points from their opening 10 matches and nearest rivals Manchester United are five off the pace. However, their focus is on the Arsenal game.
"We are in November".
Arsenal has had an edge in the past encounters with Manchester City where the Gunners remain unbeaten in nine of the last ten matches in all competitions. The prestige of the club, the Emirates Stadium - of course they are a contender. I don't care if City score 4 goals as long as we score 6!
"People consider we are going to play like the last two months all season".
"I think so - every big player wants to play big games and this is a big game", said Wenger.
Subs: Debuchy Lacazette, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Elneny, Macey.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his players to seize the opportunity to show they can compete with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola has decided to make two changes to the City side that started the win away to West Bromwich Albion last weekend, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero coming into the starting line-up to replace Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, respectively.