'Records are made to be broken': Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart not concerned by dreadful run against Arsenal
Manchester City play Arsenal on Sunday
Friday 11 January 2013
Joe Hart insists there will be no sense of inferiority in the Manchester City camp on Sunday even though it is 37 years since they last beat Arsenal away from home in the league.
Although the Blues knocked Arsene Wenger's men out of the Carling Cup at the Emirates last season, Tony Book was in charge the last time they tasted a top-flight victory.
But Hart does not feel the sorry statistic is anything to worry about.
"These records are made to be broken," he told Talksport.
"We feel strongly that we can turn up anywhere and win.
"It has not happened at the Emirates. But it is not a case of us turning up and thinking we are going to lose.
"It is a great pitch, great atmosphere and it feels like you can go and express yourself. Hopefully that will be the case on Sunday."
City know they will be 10 points behind at kick-off if Manchester United defeat Liverpool earlier in the day, a legacy of some scrappy form which has seen them drop more points than anticipated at this stage of the campaign.
"It has been frustrating for us," he said.
"We know what we are capable of but there have been occasions when a couple of us have not played great. Last year, two or three would play brilliantly and that would be enough for us to win the game.
"It has been difficult. We are fighting through it and are still feeling positive."
City will be without the influence of Yaya Toure, who has departed for the African Nations Cup and is not due to return until the middle of next month.
With Jack Rodwell once again struck down by injury, either James Milner or Javi Garcia will fill the central midfield vacancy.
Either way, Hart insists City will cope.
"Jack has been pretty unlucky but Javi has settled in really well," said Hart.
"His English is good, which helps. He is physical and is ready to rumble.
"He is going to help us in central midfield and it will give James Milner an opportunity as well because I know it is his favourite position.
"We have plenty of options."
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Manchester United player ratings: Match-winner Eden Hazard leads the way, but Radamel Falcao endures game to forget
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Eight things we learnt as Blues step closer to the Premier League title
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho plays down news signings Nathan and Yoshinori Muto but talks up Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta needs 'five minutes' to sign new contract and remain with the Gunners
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate