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Cesc Fabregas explains why Arsenal will surprise people against City

Cesc Fabregas has offered his opinion on why he believes many people will be surprised by performance of Arsenal against Man City

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Ahead of their crunch top-of-the-table Premier League clash on Sunday, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has taken the side of his former football club.

The former Arsenal man offered his thoughts on the tactics and strategies that Arsenal could employ to challenge the reigning champions, Manchester City. He highlighted the importance of a solid defensive performance and noted Arsenal’s attacking potential, particularly with the likes of Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka in their ranks.

Fabregas, who enjoyed successful spells at both Arsenal and Chelsea during his playing days, while previewing the clash on the Planet Premier League podcast, said he felt City’s injury woes could prove a key factor, with Arsenal a ‘step higher’ than many fans even realise. 

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“I think Pep [Guardiola] always approaches games with the same perception, the same context. To win the game, he will put an offensive team, whoever it is.”

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“He’s proven as well that he’s giving opportunities to younger players and he’s not afraid to do that. He’s done it everywhere he’s been. I don’t think this will be an issue for him but it will be more in terms of quality and pace at the back.

“I think Walker is such a big asset for them because they can play with such a high line when he’s in and they feel so confident to keep pushing because they know they have two or three machines sprinting back when they don’t have the ball, so this will be interesting.”

Fabregas added: “I think Arsenal have grown so much in the last year with these new two or three additions, they look more solid, they look more mature, their ability to counter-attack, to keep the ball, to defend high, to defend deep. They control a lot of variants now and they are a very, very complete team.

“They know what it takes to beat Man City because they have done that already so it will be a really interesting game and, definitely, it will be a big challenge for Arsenal, especially to see where they are at this point. But I think they will surprise people because they are a step higher than everybody thinks.”

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