Ian Wright gives advice to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta ahead of Manchester City clash

Ian Wright has explained how Arsenal must look to rattle Manchester City
Ian Wright has explained how Arsenal must look to rattle Manchester City (Picture: Premier League)

Ian Wright has offered his advice to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta ahead of the club’s Premier League clash against Manchester City.

After a lengthy suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League football resumes on Wednesday evening with Aston Villa facing Sheffield United and Arsenal travelling to defending champions Man City.

Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad represents a significant fixture for more than one reason, with Gunners boss Arteta set to return to his former club for the first time since he left his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant to replace Unai Emery at the Emirates.

Asked whether Arsenal could benefit from the fact the game will be played behind-closed-doors, Gunners legend Wright said: ‘Maybe, but at the same time we’re talking about a Manchester City team that have top players in all positions.

‘When players are playing in an atmosphere where you don’t feel the intense pressure of having to appease the fans, they relax even more.

‘Arsenal have to go there and really put them under pressure. They have to let Man City know that even though there’s no fans they are really going to make this difficult for them.

Football - Champions League - Group C - Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 26, 2019 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and assistant coach Mikel Arteta before the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo
Arteta will return to his former club with Arsenal this week (Picture: Getty)

‘If you sit off teams and switch off against players like De Bruyne and Aguero, you’re going to get punished.’

Wright added to Premier League productions: ‘You have to ignore the lack of atmosphere and deal with the players for what they are and how good they are and what they are capable of doing.’

Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League – eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – ahead of the resumption of the season, while City are second but 25 points adrift of champions-elect Liverpool.

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