Arsene Wenger is not sure whether mind games seep through to the dressing room - but the Arsenal manager admits he would "love" to be involved with all the banter again as the championship race closes in.
There has been plenty of hot air from both sides of Manchester as United and City battle it out for Barclays Premier League supremacy.
And as the Gunners prepare to square up to City on Sunday for a game Blues boss Roberto Mancini has deemed crucial to the title, Wenger admitted: "I would prefer to be in there, what you want is to be involved in the title race and we were not."
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