Manchester City need to stop playing like Arsenal to get back to winning ways, says Gary Owen

Former Manchester City man Gary Owen believes his former side need to stop trying to play like Arsenal, after they failed to score in their past two Premier League outings despite dominating possession.

Owen admits he was alarmed to watch Roberto Mancini’s side’s 1-0 away defeat to Sunderland on New Year’s Day, a result which followed the goalless stalemate at the Hawthorns against West Brom.

The ex-midfielder has suggested the Eastlands outfit need to take a more direct approach, with the Premier League leaders set to face Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

“I watched the Sunderland game and it frightened me a little bit,” Owen told Talksport.

“I think we are falling in the trap that we feel that we can play Arsenal-esque, where you have to walk the ball in and can’t shoot unless you’re six yards from goal or in the six yard box, otherwise it doesn’t count.

“Nobody puts their foot through the ball from the edge of the box and when you have 11 men around the ball, if you can’t get around them then you have to blast the ball through them.”

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