Micah Richards is confident Manchester City can put an end to their wretched away record against Arsenal.

Saturday’s visit to the Emirates Stadium appears the most daunting for City given they have not beaten Arsenal away since 1975, covering some 26 matches. But the Blues won the reverse fixture 4-2 in September before beating Arsenal 3-0 in the Carling Cup quarter-finals so Richards, who is back in contention after a knee injury, is in bullish mood.

“We have beaten them twice already this season, so why not again?” he said. “Arsenal will want revenge and they are a different team at home.

“At the Emirates they probably play the best football in the Premier League but we can beat anyone on our day. As long as we are right, nothing else matters.”