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'It's very important that Man City beat Arsenal' - Silva

Manchester City midfielder David Silva says it is "very important" that Manchester City beat fellow Premier League title contenders Arsenal this weekend.

City face their second-placed rivals on Monday when they travel to the Emirates Stadium.

Silva and co. currently lie a point adrift of the Gunners in third position in the Premier League, with Leicester City continuing to top the standings, and Silva knows a win is crucial to his side's title hopes.

"It would be very important to beat Arsenal – they are a direct rival," said Silva.

"It would be fantastic to beat them and start a good amount of games that we win.

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"It will be very difficult – we have seen this season any team can beat any other team, but it will be good to start a good run of form and finish strongly this season."
Silva hopes to be involved against Arsenal following a number of injury problems, and the playmaker feels he is slowly but surely returning to full fitness.

"I had a few problems with my ankle at the start of the season but I was able to play," he added.

"Unfortunately, a really bad tackle meant I was injured again, but I'm back now, getting my rhythm back, and hopefully soon I'll be 100 per cent.

"We are in the fight for all competitions at the moment and we are obviously hoping to get all the players back from injury, see all the players together and finish strong."