Sterling confident Man City can secure Champions League spot

He knows, the urbane Professor Wenger, that there are two London clubs above him, champions-elect Chelsea and, from an Arsenal point of view, the noisy neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur.

In an interview with The Sun ahead of Arsenal's monster clash with Manchester City this weekend, Sagna added his voice to the other notable Gunners alumni, including Patrick Viera, Gilberto Silva and Ray Parlour, who have all backed their former boss.

The Frenchman revealed after the 3-1 defeat at West Brom before the worldwide break that he has made up his mind on his future but, ahead of the Sky Live Super Sunday clash with Manchester City, he is yet to make his intentions public.

Guardiola said: "It is a little bit like at Anfield". Worldwide games are less interesting but I did see one good game, Spain against France. Kieran Gibbs is also in contention for a start against Pep Guardiola's side.

Wenger is hungry like the Wolf, and it looks like he is the one to do the strengthening.

Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for the trip to the Emirates following a groin injury he picked up on worldwide duty, while Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined with a broken metatarsal that cruelly interrupted his stunning introduction to the Premier League.

With all this noise in the background, with Arsenal looking a pale imitation after losing six of their last nine games in all competitions, what does the manager who built so much of the club say? Good quality. Arsenal are a top team.

Currently, City are fourth but a victory at Arsenal would move them back into third and go a long way to helping them nail down a Champions League berth.

So maybe their inability to win the Premier League can not be blamed on the manager or mediocre players but the number of time they spend on the sidelines. City have won just four of their last 15 Premier League matches played on a Sunday (W4 D6 L5). Arsenal are 2/1 whilst Man City are slight favourites at 5/4.

Arsenal's defence has simply been far too porous and bewilderingly disorganised over the last couple of months and given the attacking prowess of Manchester City, the Gunners are in for a tough time tomorrow night. Silva has displayed his top talent over the last few months, and his creativity with the ball is wonderful. Given Manchester City's propensity to throw players forward, the Gunners could also snatch a goal on the counter using the pace of Theo Walcott.

Wenger will not, however, be telling them that it is a match they can't afford to lose.

  • Julie Sanders