Arsene Wenger has insisted that his Arsenal side can be the ones to end Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League when they face off on Sunday - and backed Alexis Sanchez to be the man to batter down the title favourites' door.
The Gunners have won eight of their last nine games since an impressive 0-0 draw away at Chelsea last month, and ten of 12 dating back to their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool back in August - and have been steadily climbing back up the table, now sitting just a point behind third-placed Tottenham.
Quoted by the Mail, Wenger admitted that his side's performance would be under scrutiny against the title favourites - saying:
"That's normal because at the moment they are on a good run and people always extend these good runs to the end of the season, but at some stage they have to be stopped. It's true because nobody does that, run away."
Asked if he believed Alexis Sanchez could shrug off his thus-far indifferent form to make a difference in the clash at the Etihad, the Frenchman said: "I am not concerned, because I am not suspicious of the performances or the desire to win of a football player. When you are a player you have a social contract with the rest of the team and I never question that.
"Once you don't respect that, it's difficult to say that you play football. I think he's coming back stronger physically. He runs after a goal at the moment so he's a bit frustrated when he doesn't score. I'm not worried about it. He works hard and it will come back quickly.
"You can never try too hard. At the moment he's marked well, they double up on him, but he still creates many dangerous situations, he just has not to worry too much. He has always scored and that will come back."