The Manchester City boss is wary of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, and is expecting a difficult game at the Emirates as his side look to bounce back from defeat to Stoke City
Manuel Pellegrini believes that beating Arsenal could provide his Manchester City side with a vital “six-points” after just two months of the season.
The Chilean has earmarked the chance to win at the Emirates as a reason for optimism, and believes that the next nine days will help shape the club’s success this season.
City take on Arsenal and Chelsea in the league, sandwiching a Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich, in a daunting run of fixtures which come on the back of a shock defeat to Stoke City.
“It’s a good test because they are three important teams,” Pellegrini told reporters. “We are just beginning the season so not one of these games will decide the future but it’s very important to start winning and trying to recover the three points we dropped at home [to Stoke].
“Of course, against big rivals it’s always a match of six points but more for the home team. For our team when you play against big teams it’s a very motivated game for all the players so it’s always a game of six points because, if we can beat Arsenal at their ground, for our team that is very good.”
However, the Chilean remains under no illusion that taking on Arsene Wenger’s side will provide a stern test for his City charges, and is wary of the club’s new signings.
“We have to play a very good game if we want to win the three points. It is a very strong team,” he added. “Every year it is a strong competition to all the other teams that are fighting for the title and this will be the same.
“It is a strong team with Alexis Sanchez, a very important player, now with [Danny] Welbeck. They always have a very good team but this year they have more players.
“It is a difficult game, a difficult fixture because we have a difficult week. We started better than I thought against Newcastle and Liverpool [winning both] with so many players out with just a few days to prepare those games.
“After that it was a surprise maybe to lose against Stoke but I don’t think we played bad. Now we have this week with two difficult games in the Premier League and a difficult game in the Champions League.”