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Arsenal News: Emery admits Gunners will find it difficult to overcome Manchester City

1.96K   //    03 Feb 2019, 19:15 IST

Manchester City v Arsenal - Premier League
Manchester City v Arsenal - Premier League

What's the story?

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has downplayed his side's chances of overcoming defending champions Manchester City, stating that it will be difficult for them to impose themselves on Pep Guardiola's team.

In case you didn't know...

Despite the mammoth task of defeating last year's league winners, the Gunners will walk into the game hoping to earn a crucial three points to keep them in the race for the top four.

The defending champions, on the other hand, will hope to get back on track in their title challenge following a series of bad results that have left them trailing five points behind table-toppers Liverpool.  

The heart of the matter

Ahead of the colossal game, Emery has conceded that his under-transition Gunners side may have a difficult time trying to stifle a side that is one of the best in the league at the moment, especially when they do not have home advantage.

The manager added that while his team can impose their style on an opponent, they would sometimes have to adapt in order to yield better results.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Emery said, "Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style."


"You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation - more or less, it depends on the opposition."

"It is very difficult to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a very deep block, it's because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win."

"Usually you can play 10 matches against Manchester City - maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, maybe us as well - you can lose 10 times playing the same, or maybe lose seven, draw two and win one."

"But this style can work for you like Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them."

What's next?

The defending champions will take on the Gunners at 10pm IST later tonight.


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