Niall Quinn believes Manchester City will win “the biggest game of the season so far” against Arsenal on Saturday (BT Sport 1, midday) and really fire up their assault on the Premiership title.
Quinn, who was a towering No 9 for both clubs, feels that this is a colossal clash that will have enormous implications in the most open title race for years.
In an exclusive interview, Quinn told BT Sport: “I don’t think you can take into account the two teams' form in this weeks Champions League. City were brilliant in Munich, but that doesn’t mean they have solved their away form problems. Arsenal lost in Naples, which doesn’t mean much when it comes to the league.
“What is important is that City rested quite a few players and that will give them an edge for Saturday lunchtime, whereas there won’t be so many changes for Arsenal, which illustrates the strength in depth of the two squads.
“This is going to be the big, big test for Arsenal. Everton got in their faces and brought the game to them, but this is going to be much tougher.
It's going to be a tall order for Arsenal to come away with even a point"
“I’ve seen Manchester City virtually every game and while the Champions League was full of such strange happenings the Premier League will be much easier to predict - City are just incredible at home, and it's going to be a tall order for Arsenal to come away with even a point.
“Having said that, Arsene Wenger has created a wonderful, fantastic spirt within the Arsenal dressing room, and it is a testament to the manger that his team keep answering all their critics.
“Compare the team to where they were back in March to where they are now, and it's been an incredible transformation."
Quinn, who scored 14 goals in 67 league appearances for Arsenal, went on to play 205 league games for City and hit 66 goals. He added: “For me this is a real title indicator, and I really have to plump for Manchester City to win it.
“All in all, this is THE biggest game in the first half of the season so far, it really does mean so much - I cannot wait to see it.”