Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal will go to Manchester City with attacking intent on Sunday.
The two face off at the Etihad with Pep Guardiola’s side having enjoyed a near perfect start to the new campaign.
City are unbeaten, winning nine of their opening 10 matches and scoring 35 goals in the process. Their scintillating form has left their rivals behind but Wenger is adamant that his team will not compromise on their attacking philosophy.
“We will try to play our game. We will not hide,” the Arsenal manager said.
“When we go there, we want to defend well but you cannot go there and only be focused on just defending. We want as well to play, have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack.
Arsenal’s last win at the Etihad came in January 2015, nearly three years ago. The Gunners adopted a defensive strategy with Francis Coquelin the star man. More recently, the Gunners prevailed using a similarly resilient game plan winning 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final this year.
Despite City’s superb form, Wenger insisted his side will come out fighting.
“When you want to play football, you have to accept the risk and you have to play. If you want to play football, when you walk out on the pitch you have to accept the gamble and the risk. It is part of the game.
“After, you have to rate the risk. Is it a bigger risk only to defend than to attack if a team is very strong in attack? Maybe it is a bigger risk only to defend.”