Manchester city captain Vincent Kompany believes Thursday’s clash with Arsenal will be their toughest of the season so far.
The Citizens head to Arsenal just four days after claiming a comfortable 3-0 victory over them in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Arsenal failed to have any impact on the game and Premier League leaders City ran riot at the national stadium with Sergio Aguero, Kompany and David Silva getting on the scoresheet.
After getting their first piece of silverware for 2017-18 in the bag over the weekend City’s attention returns to the Premier League, and they could move 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United if they make it successive victories against the north Londoners.
Many are predicting another comfortable triumph for Pep Guardiola’s men, however, Kompany insists he is wary of coming up against a wounded animal.
Kompany believes Arsenal will be desperate to atone for their poor performance at Wembley and feels Thursday’s assignment could prove to be their toughest of the season to date.
“My opinion is simple,” Kompany said. “I think it’s going to be the hardest game of the season.
“If my experience counts for anything – you will play a wounded animal, with a lot of quality in the team.
“At the same time, we are going to do everything we can to still be relentless.
“But my experience is that when you win a trophy there is always that 10 per cent you lose in focus or sharpness, just because you’ve gone through all the emotion of winning something. It’s our role to fight it and be prepared for the game.”
Victory at the Emirates will edge City one step closer to the Premier League crown, which they are keen to wrap up as early as possible so they can put their full focus on the Champions League.