James McArthur believes Wigan can get a result against Manchester City

The former Hamilton midfielder points to a narrow 1-0 loss in the same fixture last season as proof that the Latics can mix it with the big-spending club, and praises early form
Wigan midfielder James McArthur believes his side can get a result away to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Scot points to the same fixture last season, which City won 1-0 despite a brave Wigan performance, as evidence that they can come away with at least a point from the Etihad Stadium this time around.

McArthur told the club’s official website: “Man City showed last year how good a side they are and they've strengthened even more in the last transfer window.

“But we'll go there and look to play in the same manner we did last season; keep the ball, try to frustrate them as much as possible and work hard to hopefully get the right result.

“I think the key is to stick to the plan; we were unlucky to be beaten there last season and when we looked at the stats following the game it showed that we had made more passes and had more final-third entries than them which are impressive stats against such a strong team.

“So we'll aim to get the ball down, stop them from playing and show how good a side we are too.”

The Scotland international is pleased with the start the Latics have made to the Premier League season.

“We're unbeaten in our last seven Premier League games which is impressive form for any club,” he argued, “and although people may look at our opening three games being against promoted sides no team has a given right to beat them and it's actually the toughest times to be playing them.

“So five points on the board is solid, a lot better than last season's start and with the confidence we have right now hopefully we can kick on from here.”

And having been limited to appearances off the bench so far this campaign, McArthur says the competition for places has only increased after activity in the final days of the transfer window.

“The new boys have all settled in very well and having watched them in training they are three excellent additions to the squad that we perhaps needed to bolster the group,” he continued.

“I know Shaun Maloney fairly well, we've played together at international level and against one another in the SPL, and I know how good a player he is who can really hurt teams which is what we're looking for.

“Everyone needs competition for their place in the team; it's not healthy if people know they're definitely starting every week and that's certainly not the case at our club.

“We're all under pressure to do well if we want to get a place in the team and keep hold of it.”