Man City captain Vincent Kompany confident of beating Arsenal

Vincent Kompany
Central defender Kompany was signed from Hamburg in 2008

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany expects his side to return to winning ways against Arsenal at the weekend.

City suffered their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea on Monday and face Arsene Wenger's in-form Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"We are hungry to win. We've known tougher moments so we just have to pick ourselves up," Kompany said.

"We will not be arrogant about this fixture. Arsenal are a great team but we can beat great teams."

Roberto Mancini's men were knocked out of the Champions League last week and could find themselves in second place in the Premier League by kick-off on Sunday should rivals Manchester United beat QPR in the day's early match.

Arsenal have been in inspired form since losing four of their opening seven Premier League matches, taking 22 points from a possible 24.

But Kompany - who was speaking after a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - believes the defeat at Stamford Bridge will spur the league leaders on.

"We want Sunday to come as quickly as possible because that's the kind of team we are," he added.

"We are eager to win on Sunday.

"We don't like to lose and for a team playing away at Chelsea we showed a lot of courage, especially in the first half.

"We were unlucky not to be up by more at half-time. But that game has been played now and there is nothing we can do about it.

"I definitely have a lot of respect for Arsenal. The way they have picked themselves up after a difficult month has been incredible.

"A lot of credit goes to them for that. They are a top team and will make a top game of it but at home we still feel as if we are a strong and difficult team to beat.

"Even when we haven't won this season we have looked the team that was more likely to win. We are well prepared and will not take it lightly."

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