Van Persie predicts goals galore when Arsenal host Manchester City

The north London side hope to tighten their grip on third place with a victory over Roberto Mancini's faltering side and the striker is expecting an entertaining game

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie expects this weekend’s match against Manchester City to be a high-scoring affair.

The current Premier League season has seen the league's bigger teams share plenty of goals when facing each other, with Arsenal themselves being involved in an 8-2 humbling by Manchester United, plus a 5-3 victory away at Chelsea.

City have also been among the goals, defeating United 6-1 at Old Trafford just a few weeks after beating Tottenham 5-1 in north London.

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Based on this, Van Persie believes that Sunday’s clash will also feature a number of goals, going as far as joking that a 5-5 scoreline is not out of the question.

The Dutchman told Arsenal’s official website: “You feel with City at the moment they could either go out and score none or three or five, you just don't know.

“It makes it interesting as a fan because we can score five too; we've shown that already this season, against big teams. They can do it as well, so it might be 5-5, you never know!

“I'm confident that we can get a good result - we have to get three points, a draw is not that good for either of us. So it should be a great game.

“We are well prepared, because you have to know your stuff about the opposition, but in the end it's about your own performance that will hopefully make the difference.”

"You feel with City at the moment they could score three or five ... it makes it interesting because we can score five too"
- Robin van Persie

Sunday will also mark the return of City centre-back Kolo Toure to the club at which he spent seven years, and Van Persie reflected on the impact that the Ivorian had on him during his years in north London.

“I'll always remember what he did for me when I first arrived at Arsenal," said the striker.

“On my first day here, he said to me 'Robin, you can see me as your older brother. If you have anything you want to ask, or if anything is wrong, come to me. I know how you feel, I was new too, so come to me.’

“It's things like that you never forget. So I rate him as a great player, but behind that there is a great person too.”