Wenger tells Ar­se­nal to be brave against City

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Man­ager Arsene Wenger wants Ar­se­nal to re­in­force their ti­tle cre­den­tials by beat­ing Manch­ester City in the Premier League to­mor­row and called on his play­ers to show no fear at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Ar­se­nal slipped to third in the ta­ble af­ter be­ing beaten 21 by Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park in mid­week, while fourth­placed City re­cov­ered from last week­end’s 4-2 de­feat by Le­ices­ter City by beat­ing Wat­ford 2-0 on Wed­nes­day.

The loss at Ever­ton was Ar­se­nal’s sec­ond league de­feat of the sea­son and Wenger said his play­ers needed to show more courage on the ball and take their chances if they wanted to avoid an­other re­verse.

“What is im­por­tant is that we re­spond straight­away,” the French­man told a news con­fer­ence yesterday. “Big games against Man City mean de­fend well to­gether and not be timid when you get the ball.”

Ar­se­nal’s free flow­ing, pos­ses­sion-based style has been com­pared to Pep Guardi­ola’s all-con­quer­ing Barcelona team of 2008-2012, and Wenger said it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the Spa­niard be­gan to make his mark at City. “He brings his phi­los­o­phy through,” Wenger added. “You ex­pect him to put his print into his team. “What you want of a top-level game is that it reaches the ex­pec­ta­tion qual­ity-wise. I think that will hap­pen be­cause I am a pos­i­tive man.” City are miss­ing striker Ser­gio Aguero due to sus­pen­sion, but Ar­se­nal have a host of ab­sen­tees as well, with de­fender Shko­dran Mustafi out with an an­kle in­jury, Santi Ca­zorla out for months and Aaron Ram­sey and Danny Wel­beck still un­avail­able. “Look, I don’t deny Ser­gio is an im­por­tant player for them but they have other im­por­tant play­ers... we have plenty out,” Wenger said.

The French­man, who is never shy to point out ref­er­ee­ing mis­takes in his post-match news con­fer­ences, also pushed for the quick in­tro­duc­tion of video tech­nol­ogy in the Premier League to help of­fi­cials make de­ci­sions dur­ing games. The tech­nol­ogy is be­ing tested by FIFA at the on­go­ing Club World Cup in Ja­pan. “I am a long-time fan,” Wenger said. “The speed of the game — ref­er­ees need help. I would like to see it to­mor­row morn­ing.” —Reuters

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