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Wenger: We Are Not Scared

Speaking ahead of his side’s crunch match against Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team have to keep the ball.

Arsenal go into the game at the top of the league table with 35 points from 15 league matches while City sit six points behind them in fourth place.

Still, Wenger is wary of a very talented City squad and admits his team need to keep the ball to avoid being punished at the back.

“We need to make sure we have the ball,” said Wenger.

“When they have the ball they are dangerous: (David) Silva, (Yaya) Toure, (Sergio) Aguero, (Alvaro) Negredo - they have potential to be dangerous.

“For us, it is important we have the ball.”

Wenger added that he is side is not scared of facing City and are enjoying the pressure as the Premier League pace-setters.

“I don't see why you should be scared,” added Wenger.

“Last season when we went to Newcastle on the last day and we had absolutely to win you could think 'if we don't win it will be a disaster', but today we are in a position where we can look much more at the game in a positive way.”

Wenger went on to say that although his team are in fine form in the league, they need to ensure they continue to attack and do not retreat into their shells as they did when they lost 1-0 to Manchester United earlier in the season.

“People forget that United had two shots on target on the day and they scored a goal off a shoulder (of Robin van Persie) from a corner, but I believe we were not completely ourselves offensively and that is what we want to do better, to be dangerous offensively,” said Wenger.

“However, a team is not set there (following a poor performance). After they do it, they grow.

“Sometimes if they do it they stop, learn from it and then grow again.

“It is what we want to show at City. We learn from it and we go again.”

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