Ian Wright says Mikel Arteta must go all-out attack against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The Gunners travel to the Etihad to play their game in hand as the Premier League finally returns to action after the coronavirus crisis brought a temporary half to the season back in March.
Arteta’s side have an outside chance of still qualifying for a Champions League spot, sitting eight points off Chelsea in fourth, but can ill afford to lose too many matches.
And Arsenal legend Wright has given his verdict ahead of the mouthwatering tussle, believing his former side have a chance to win – if they play the right way.
Asked whether Arsenal could benefit from playing the game behind-closed-doors, Wright said: “Maybe, but at the same time we’re talking about a Manchester City team that have top players in all positions.
“When players are playing in an atmosphere where you don’t feel the intense pressure of having to appease the fans, they relax even more.
“Arsenal have to go there and really put them under pressure. They have to let Man City know that even though there’s no fans they are really going to make this difficult for them.
“If you sit off teams and switch off against players like De Bruyne and Aguero, you’re going to get punished.”
Wright added to Premier League productions: “You have to ignore the lack of atmosphere and deal with the players for what they are and how good they are and what they are capable of doing.”
With City banned from Europe next season, pending the outcome of an appeal, the battle for a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League will sustain interest in the top half of the table once Liverpool have secured the title.
Third-placed Leicester City stuttered in the weeks leading up to the suspension, but remain well-placed.
Chelsea and a resurgent Manchester United occupy fourth and fifth spots but Wolves, Sheffield United, Tottenham, Arsenal and even Burnley and Crystal Palace are within striking range if they can hit form.
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