Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has his eye on a win over Manchester City this weekend, and believesYaya Toure’s absence could prove to be pivotal to the outcome of the game.
Influential midfielder Toure has left the club to join up with his Ivory Coast teammates for the African Cup of Nations, and could miss up to six games for the Premier League champions, starting with their visit to the Emirates this Sunday.
The Gunners go into the game having taken four points from a possible six in their last two games with Roberto Mancini’s side, and Ramsey believes that will have the Gunners going into the game full of confidence, with Toure’s absence doing no harm to their chances either.
“It will give us an extra bit of belief,” Ramsey told Arsenal’s official website. “We beat them last year at home and with Yaya Toure gone to the Africa Cup of Nations, it is a big loss for them.
“He is a big player for them and so influential, so hopefully we can take full advantage of that and get another good result.”
A late effort from Mikel Arteta saw Arsenal take all three points from the same fixture at the Emirates last season, in a game where Mario Balotelli saw red for two bookable offences.