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Wenger Does Not Fear City

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Manchester City are the team to beat at the moment, but with his side playing most of their crucial matches at the Emirates, the Gunners home form will decide their fate.

City currently top the league standings ahead of Arsenal following their 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

The Gunners, though, could reclaim their spot at the top of the table with a win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, at least for 24 hours until City play Chelsea on Monday night.

Wenger admits City have a quality side and are the in-form team, but with Arsenal still to face the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea before City come to the Emirates on March 29, they hold their fate in their own hands.

“Man City are the team of the moment, so everybody goes to definite conclusions,” said Wenger.

“I don't deny their strength, quality and the exceptional players they have, but let's not forget they have lost four away games, so they must have some vulnerability.

“On the fixture front, they have more difficult fixtures than we have.

“Yes, they are the favourites. I agree with that at the moment. You cannot say that a team that scores over 100 goals has no quality.

“They are top quality, but it is an even bigger target and scalp for us to get in front of them. It would be absolutely fantastic and I think we can do it.

“Yes, we have (to play the big teams), but as well, it is a good opportunity for us,” added Wenger.

“We play Man United at home, Man City at home, we go to Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, but if you look at our away record it is very good, so we know that away from home we can do very well.

“Since December, I have said to the players, the Emirates will decide our season.

“The crowd is on our side much more this year, they were much more patient. We have more experience now and the depth in the squad will be good because of the players coming back (from injury).

“If we can get over this period where we have no (Aaron) Ramsey, no (Jack) Wilshere and after they come back fresh that can be a big boost for the end of the season.”

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