Arsenal hold no fear for City defender

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Micah Richards insists Manchester City have no reason to fear Arsenal despite their abysmal away record against the Gunners.

Although it is the first time City boss Roberto Mancini has led his charges into combat with Arsene Wenger's men, for City as a whole it is another trip to opponents they have not beaten on enemy territory since 1975.

But, with two wins against Arsene Wenger's men under City's belts already this term, England international Richards is in bullish mood, and said: "We have beaten them twice already this season, so why not again?"

He added: "Arsenal will want revenge and they are a different team at home.

"At the Emirates they probably play the best football in Premier League but we can beat anyone on our day. As long as we are right, nothing else matters."

While most of the talk surrounding the game has focused on Emmanuel Adebayor's return to his former club for the first time since his £25million move, Kolo Toure has been the former Gunner who has been lifting spirits around Eastlands this week.

Toure and resident joker Shaun Wright-Phillips have tried to ensure the mood was not too downbeat after City's last-gasp derby defeat to Manchester United which, combined with Tottenham's shock win over Chelsea, saw Harry Redknapp's men leapfrog back into the top four.

"Kolo tries to lift the mood and then Shaun gets everyone going," said Richards. "I still believe we are looking healthy.

"The games coming up are hard but we tend to play better against the better teams. Our aim is the top four, which is realistic and we have to work hard for it."

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