Joleon Lescott explains why Man City must be wary of Arsenal as he backs Arteta

Joleon Lescott has warned his former club Manchester City not to take Arsenal for granted in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The ex-England defender also explained why the Gunners must persevere with manager Mikel Arteta despite their run of seven Premier League games without a win.

Arsenal have lost three of their six December fixtures in all competitions so far and there is no sign of the fixture list easing.

Arteta's side face another challenging fixture as City travel to the Emirates having won the Carabao Cup in each of the past three seasons.

But Lescott insists Arsenal should not be written off in the tie despite their poor league form, as they will be desparate for "any opportunity" to bounce back.

Quizzed on whether the Gunners stand a chance against City, Lescott – speaking on behalf of William Hill – said: "I think they do.

"When things are not going well in the league you kind of look at any other opportunity to refocus and galvanise some energy into the team and into performances. And obviously that can happen with Arsenal in terms of this cup competition.

"But I expect City to win. With the current the form of Arsenal, it doesn't look great at either end of the pitch. That's neither a good thing or a good time to be playing Man City, especially as they look more solid.

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"Arsenal aren't creating as many chances as they would have liked and what's seen them over in recent seasons – it doesn't read well

"But I'm sure the previous performances against each other will play a part in their approach and the respect for each other as coaches, I'm sure they'll try to out-think each other every step of the way."

While Lescott is wary of Arsenal, he predicted City will have too much for their hosts on Tuesday night, adding: "I'm gonna go for City 3-1.

"There are gonna be changes in both teams but with the strength and squad that Man City have they'll be able to overcome Arsenal 3-1."

What is your prediction for Manchester City versus Arsenal? Have your say here.

Lescott also threw his weight behind his former Everton teammate Arteta, who has come under fire in the Emirates hot seat due to Arsenal's poor form.

Explaining how the Spaniard can turn the Gunners' form around, Lescott said: "It will be a combination of everything to be honest. If it was one thing and it was easily recognisable, then you fix it.

"So it's always going to be a combination of things. This is going to be new to a lot people – players, coaching staff, the club – so it's important there's no knee-jerk reactions in regards to Mikel and personnel.

"When you go into the market when teams know you're vulnerable, players become overpriced potentially. So it would show good intent if they did buy new players in the window because it would obviously mean that Mikel's there for the long haul – which they need.

"They need some stability, they need to be able to go through this bad time and be able to remember it because previous managers have changed a little sooner than they anticipated.

"Mikel came in, added to the success and now they're at back end of that sugar rush at the start and they're on the comedown.

"So it's important that they find a balance emotionally and find that this can happen now, there are a lot more competitive teams in the league than in previous years and you have to respect that."

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