Arsenal's long serving boss Arsene Wenger insists he does not envy Manchester City's squad because his players are tactically more creative, according to the Guardian.
The Emirates outfit sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table - with City in fourth place, although the Manchester side do have the benefit of boasting a 100 per cent home record.
And whilst Wenger admitted that Manuel Pellegrini's men are strong, he believes it is easier for him to rotate because of the creative players at his disposal.
"City has a strong squad, I don't deny that but, when I look at my squad, I don't envy them," Wenger told reporters.
"I would say we have more creativity, perhaps less impact physical players, but more versatile. It's easier for me to rotate."
The French manager also used the run-in to the clash at the Etihad to reveal the return of England forward Theo Walcott and German hit man Lukas Podolski.
The star duo have been out for a while for different reasons, but will be welcomed back with open arms to a team who have been performing above expectations so far this season.
“This week he has found back his normal level,” Wenger said of Walcott.
“It took him a while to get back to real sharpness. He has come from surgery, it took him a while to get back to full power. I have not decided yet [whether he will start against City].
“Podolski is available. He is still a bit short to go into a match of this level and intensity [at City]. After this weekend, consider him available.”
Arsenal head into their match with the Citizens knowing that a victory will not only send out a strong message to the rest of their title contenders, but also offer them the chance of extending their league at the top of the table.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.