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Manchester City will have too much flair for Arsenal's back four when the two sides meet at the Etihad next weekend, according to Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier.

Arsenal beat Everton 1-0 at the Emirates on Saturday and although it was another illustration of the superb revival engineered by Arsene Wenger and in particular his star striker Robin van Persie, Le Tissier suggests their backline remains fallible.

Arsenal kept a clean-sheet against David Moyes' side yet the aforementioned former England international believes Manchester City's potent attacking threat of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri have the capacity to expose the Gunners' perceived soft centre.

"I would probably say that their (Arsenal's) defence could not cope with City." Le Tissier told ahead of next weekend's Premier League fixture.

"Everton did not threaten that much until the second-half but you were always looking at the game and thinking there is a mistake there somewhere with that (Arsenal's) back four.

"I think City will have too much attacking flair for that back four."

Arsenal received a blow today after their left-back Santos was ruled out for three months with damage to his ankle.

Arsene Wenger will have to negotiate a mounting injury list in his fullback positions, with the Brazilian joining Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson on the sidelines for Arsenal.