Arteta: City win would be a statement

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta believes a win over Manchester City would be the perfect way for the team to underline their title aspirations.

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After a stuttering start to their domestic campaign which saw Arsenal record two goalless draws, the Gunners finally found their scoring boots in convincing victories over Liverpool and Southampton.

Although Arsenal struggled to beat Montpellier in the Champions League earlier this week, Arteta urged his team-mates to consign Manchester City to their first Premier League loss and prove the Gunners still had what it takes to compete with the best

"It's still too early, whatever happens on Sunday, and I don't think it's going to change anything, but if you get points there, and you win then you make a bit of a statement," he said to Arsenal Player.

"It grows the confidence of the team and everyone around it who believes we are as good as anyone in this league. These are good places to show that."

Nonetheless, the Spaniard admitted that taking down the defending champions would be no easy feat, though he believed Roberto Mancini's squad were not look forward to facing Arsenal either.

"It's a huge test for us. We've been playing well. We played really good when we went to Liverpool - that's a tough place to get three points but we did it," Arteta stated.

"Man City haven't lost at home for a while.  We know it's going to be difficult but I'm sure they will be thinking the same thing. We know how good they are, how good players their players are and how tough they're going to make it for us. At the same time, they will be a bit scared as well."

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Eithad Stadium for their Premier League clash tomorrow [Sunday].

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