Arsenal ‘working on City’s threats and weaknesses’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says his side will look to deal with Manchester City’s strengths and also target possible weaknesses in Wednesday’s crucial game.

Pep Guardiola’s team, with striker Erling Haaland looking unstoppable in attack, have put the pressure on the leaders and would close the gap on Arsenal to two points if they win at the Etihad Stadium.

City also have two games in hand and would be strong favourites to retain the Premier League title unless Arsenal can take all three points.

And Arteta, who previously worked under Guardiola at City, knows all about them.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: “We are working on their threats as well as on their weaknesses. We know where they are. City start from the keeper, he is a threat with the ball.

“They can do various things – so many things that you have to adapt to – and you have to focus on certain principles.”

Arteta was also adamant that the outcome of this week’s match will not determine the destination of the title.

“No, if we win tomorrow we have not won the league. It will probably shift the percentage but five games in this league is still very tricky,” he said.