Blues midfielder backs leaders to bounce back against Wenger’s side
JAMES MILNER has warned Arsenal that Manchester City are desperate to take out their Chelsea troubles on them this weekend.
Roberto Mancini’s side lost their first Premier League match of the season when they went down 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
City had racked up scoring records with a phenomenal 12 wins in a scintillating 14-match unbeaten burst.
But the loss has put a black mark against their flying start to the campaign and they are now just two points ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United.
And they could even lose top spot to United on Sunday when the Reds take on QPR before City host the Gunners.
England star Milner insists City were unlucky to come away from Chelsea with nothing – after seeing the Londoners come from behind following Gael Clichy’s red card.
But he is sure that the Blues will be able to demonstrate what their title dream is all about against Arsene Wenger’s men.
He said: “The boys are pretty devastated – it was disappointing for us. We probably should have scored a few more when we were on top in the first half.
“We are disappointed but we need to make sure we pick ourselves up as we’ve got another massive game at the weekend.
“The positive side of it is that we have got another big one coming up.
“We’ll recover by working as hard as we can.”
Boss Mancini claimed Ashley Cole started a tunnel row with his post-match celebrations at the Bridge.
But Milner has refused to be drawn into a slanging match with his England team-mate.
And he claims City can’t wait for the Arsenal game to come around to put things right.
He added: “We just concentrate on ourselves. We wanted to get a positive result at Chelsea – especially when we were 1-0 up – so it’s a big disappointment.
“But it’s in the past now and we need to learn what we can from the game. We must move forward, try to take the positives and show the hunger to go on and win again at the weekend.”
Milner also admits he is distraught about left-back Clichy missing out on a clash with his old club on Sunday.
He said: “Clichy has been doing brilliantly so we are massively disappointed.
“But it will add even more incentive for us to bounce back and hopefully put it into the performance at the weekend.”