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Mancini challenges Manchester City to end Arsenal jinx

Published on Jan 12, 2013 10:23 AM
 
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli (left) laughs with manager Roberto Mancini as he prepares to come on as a substitute during their FA Cup soccer match against Watford at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England on Jan 5, 2013. Mancini has challenged his Manchester City stars to end the club's woeful run at Arsenal as the Premier League champions fight to hold onto their title. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Roberto Mancini has challenged his Manchester City stars to end the club's woeful run at Arsenal as the Premier League champions fight to hold onto their title.

Mancini's side head to north London knowing they will be 10 points behind leaders Manchester United by the time they kick-off at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday if their bitter rivals defeat Liverpool in the day's early match.

That would be an almost insurmountable gap even for a team of City's class but, if history is anything to go by, there is every chance Mancini's men will be in exactly that position by full-time.

City have not won at Arsenal in the league for 37 years and were beaten 1-0 there in their last visit in April.

 
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