Arsenal v Manchester City preview
Arsene Wenger hoping to beat the champions and lay down a marker in the Community Shield
August 8th, 2014
Arsenal have spent big to recruit Alexis Sanchez this summer, while they have avoided losing any of their star players with the exception of Bacary Sagna who has been ably replaced by Mathieu Debuchy.
The Gunners will hope to set the tone for the new campaign by beating Manchester City on Sunday and Arsene Wenger is treating the game seriously as he looks for the ultimate confidence-boosted ahead of the season starting in earnest.
“This is a game that you want to be a part of because it shows that you have had success the season before,” said Wenger.
“It also provides a good opportunity for us to get our season off to a positive start against a very good Manchester City side.
“There is a good feeling around the Club after a strong finish to last season and a productive pre-season, and of course we want to build on that momentum.”
Wenger continued: “We have the ambition, we have the desire, we should have the confidence from last season so we have a good basis.
“It’s now time to make sure we have the right attitude and the right hunger to go for more.
“What we can be sure about and what we can make certain is that we are ready for a fight and we are better than last season – that’s our target.”
Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini is angry at the suggestion that the signings of Sagna and Frank Lampard have contravened FFP regulations.
“The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player – we didn’t spend any money in bringing him from New York City to Manchester City.
“I don’t understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor,” Pellegrini said.
“The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea – Chelsea didn’t want him any more. He is a competitive player, he will be important for our team and we didn’t spend any money on him, so the rules of financial fair play don’t have any relation with Lampard.”