Nasri: Away form vital if Arsenal are to be caught

Samir Nasri knows the crunch could come for Manchester City this month as they look to reel in Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated his desire to top the table by the new year, an ambition that could obviously hinge around the Gunners’ visit to the Etihad Stadium on December 14.

But around that fixture are a series of equally important away games in the next three weeks in which City must seek to address their travelling deficiencies.

While City have a 100% home league record — maintained with a 3-0 defeat of Swansea on Sunday — they have lost four out of six on the road. Nasri accepts this must be addressed this week as City travel to West Brom tomorrow and Southampton next Saturday.

The Frenchman, who scored twice against the Swans, said: “The most important thing now is to recover from this game and be ready against West Brom because we have to improve our form away from home.

“We have to mind the gap with Arsenal before we play them here and we have two games away from home. We are a good team but now we have to show it away from home.”


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