Sergio AGUERO scores hat trick in Manchester City win against Arsenal

However, the Gunners were linked with a number of names and suggestions are that the fans are unhappy with the club's transfer dealing knowing that they have got need for players, especially at the defense.

Pep Guardiola hopes to send a title warning to Liverpool this week - but not merely by winning.

Arsenal have fared admirably against top-four rivals on home soil this season, but suffered a 2-0 defeat to City on the opening weekend and have gone five Premier League games without a win on the road.

Former Arsenal defender Gallas believes the Gunners need to replicate Liverpool FC's approach to end their losing run to Manchester City.

Yet there is a feeling Guardiola doesn't know his best defence - his experimental team selection was evidence of that.

He told Sky Sports: "I've never been with him in his clubs but my impression from outside is that he's a manager who is well prepared".

Guardiola returned the compliments about his fellow Spaniard.

"We are trying to repeat what we did past year and try to win as many games as we can".


As for the Gunners, they are in fourth place with a record of 14-5-5 and 47 points.

The league leaders face West Ham on Monday night in a fixture that kicks off a four-week period in which they face trips to Old Trafford and Goodison Park, as well as having the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich. Their shooting accuracy has also diminished, with 38 per cent of their shots hitting the target rather than 40 per cent.

Their four defeats this term, the latest of which was a 2-1 reverse at Newcastle in midweek, mean they have already lost twice as many games as they did last season. Arsenal went to Manchester City, tried to play deep and frustrate their opponents, failed within one minute, and then allowed the champions to dictate the game from that point forward.

The Premier League's status as the "best league in the world" is often credited to six top-level sides, who compete every year for the title.

The Brazilian added: 'We got back on track, playing good football.

'We will try (to attack both competitions), for sure, ' said Klopp.

"For City, they just have to keep the pressure on".

"But this detail is a big detail!"

  • Steve Townsend