Arsene Wenger says that defeat against QPR was an ‘accident’ and has challenged his side to respond by taking all three points against title chasing Man City on Sunday.
If results go against them, Mancini’s Mercenaries could be 8 points behind United by the time the game kicks off, while Arsenal could be playing catch-up on the filthy Sp*rs if they win away at Sunderland tomorrow.
City have hardly been expansive on their recent visits to the Emirates, but their need for points will result in a much more open game, according to the boss.
“Both teams are in the same situation – a draw is not good enough,” he said.
“Man City could be eight points behind United at the start of the game. We will be in a situation where we want to win the game so it promises to be a very offensive match. In recent seasons, Man City came to Arsenal playing for the draw and I feel that this time both teams will go for the win.
“I say on our side it is a ‘want-win’ game more than a must-win game. We love victory and we want to win. On the table side of course you want these three points.”
And the manager says the defensive mistakes of QPR won’t be an issue this time around.
“We wanted to win the QPR game so much and sometimes when you cannot, you at least don’t lose it.
“That is where we were a bit guilty of nervousness, especially defensively, and we forgot our priorities. They were to defend well, attack well and we wanted to attack so much that we forgot to defend well.
“To finish the season well demands a complete focus on our performances and that is what will do.”
“Man City are in a situation where they will have to win. They are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game. It is a game where everybody will give absolutely everything.”