Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri targets improvement in away form
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri knows the team's away form could be the only obstacle blocking a title charge.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 16/12/13 8:38am
City were again at their destructive best as they thrashed Premier League leaders Arsenal 6-3 on Saturday to move within three points of top spot.
Coming after the 4-1 demolition of champions Manchester United and the 6-0 and 7-0 hammerings of Tottenham and Norwich respectively earlier this season, it was another powerful statement from Manuel Pellegrini's men.
But all those brilliant performances have come at the Etihad Stadium, where City have a 100 per cent league record and have scored 35 goals in their eight games.
Mystifyingly they have lost four from eight and only won twice on their travels in the competition.
Encouragingly, they did win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week and Nasri hopes they are now ready to follow that up and click fully into gear.
"We were confident, we always perform against big clubs," noted Nasri.
"We did it against United, against Tottenham, midweek we beat Bayern Munich away from home.
"Now we have to do the same away from home (in the league). Since the start of the season we haven't done as well away.
"But when you play a big game it is always easy to get the motivation. Big players always respond when you say, 'it is a big game'.
"Now we know the title race is open. We have come back to three points behind Arsenal and next week they play Chelsea, so we have to put pressure on them.
"I think they know when you score six goals - and we had so many chances to score more - that we are a real threat."
City showed Arsenal no respite with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho, twice, David Silva and Yaya Toure all getting on the scoresheet.
Four of those goals came after top scorer Aguero, whose calf injury is being assessed, left the field early in the second half.
Pellegrini was frustrated at the three goals conceded but felt the performance in attack was a complete one and vowed to continue in the same manner.
Nasri said: "We are going to try to break them but when we come on the pitch we don't have an obsession about scoring seven goals every game or six or five.
"We just try to do our job but we know we have an offensive team. When we have got chances we score."