I'm in Some Dangerous Kompany; Vincent Knows He Must Face Big-Name Hitmen Each Week Man City V Arsenal Today, 4.10pm, Live on SkySports1

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I'm in Some Dangerous Kompany; Vincent Knows He Must Face Big-Name Hitmen Each Week Man City V Arsenal Today, 4.10pm, Live on SkySports1


CITY stopper Vincent Kompany gets his kicks from blocking out the Premiership's big-name strikers - so he isn't fazed at facing Robin van Persie today.

Hotshot Gunners hero Van Persie has already hit 19 goals this season and has confirmed his status as one of the most lethal frontmen in Europe.

He is even being quoted as a top target for Roberto Mancini, with claims the City gaffer is shaping up a pounds 42million bid this summer to prise the Dutchman north.

But all that talk means little to Kompany who claims he is fully focused on maintaining Man City's lead at the top of the table.

Ahead of today's clash, the Belgian shrugged: "It is not like it has been any different in the previous weeks.

"I have gone from facing Mario Gomez to Wayne Rooney to Edinson Cavani to Didier Drogba - and now it is Van Persie. The list of names doesn't stop.

"It is a tough world for defenders sometimes but I enjoy it all the more when I play against strong opponents."

Snipers have started to doubt City's stamina to stay at the top in the wake of a series of mishaps last week.

There was that defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the training ground spat between Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards and the club's failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But Kompany insists the Blues are in good shape. He said: "We have played Chelsea, Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool, all away from home.

"It doesn't come any harder than that in the Premier League.

"We still have Arsenal away but after that we will be the favourites in most of our games. That is where we might have an advantage.

"It is good the league has now more than just two or three contenders.

"There are five or six challengers and that is good for everyone.

"Everyone knows how much is at stake. But we must look at ourselves and not think too much about who else there is.

"We have every reason to think we can go all the way."

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger's Gunners have recorded seven wins from the last eight league games - fired on their way by Van Persie's red-hot scoring streak.

The Dutchman now has his sights set on closing the margin on City.

He said: "We should have high expectations - we have only played 15 league games and are not even halfway through the season.

"I don't think it's clever to be excited by fourth, fifth, sixth place or whatever."

The striker reckons Arsenal have proved wrong all those who wrote them off after their humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United back in August. …

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