In 2023, we find ourselves facing Manchester City once again, eager to extend our longest undefeated start to a season since 2007/08 and leapfrog our rivals in the league standings before the international break.
Last weekend, we secured our fifth victory of the season along with two draws in our first seven games by defeating Bournemouth. During the same period, Pep Guardiola’s squad suffered a 2-1 loss to Wolves. However, they haven’t experienced consecutive league defeats since 2018.
The reigning treble champions arrive in North London with a host of suspensions and injuries in recent weeks. Having already claimed the Community Shield in August, we approach this encounter with optimism, hoping to put an end to our 12-game losing streak against the Sky Blues in the league.
City had a strong start to the season, winning six consecutive Premier League matches to claim the top spot. They also began their Champions League campaign with a victory over Red Star Belgrade, maintaining their momentum from last season’s successes.
However, their fortunes took a turn when they were defeated 1-0 by Newcastle United in the League Cup, ending their run in the competition. Wolves then shocked Guardiola’s squad with a 2-1 victory in the league, putting an end to their unbeaten start.
They bounced back with a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League, with late goals from Julian Alvarez and summer signing Jeremy Doku sealing the victory.
Arteta shared his thoughts ahead of the match, emphasizing the importance of creating a vibrant atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium. He acknowledged that we must perform at our best for the entire 100 minutes to have a chance against City, and that past records against them aren’t relevant due to the changing rosters in those matches.
“We have to be at our best in every department for 100 minutes. Then we have a chance,” Arteta remarked during his pre-match press conference, highlighting the significance of the crowd’s support.