Manchester City have managed only one win in the first three league matches and they take on Arsenal on Saturday.
The fixture will see Mikel Arteta return to the Etihad for the second time since leaving the Citizens last December.
Arteta worked as an assistant to Pep Guardiola from the start of the 2016/17 season until the time he agreed to join the north London club.
The Spaniard has guided the Gunners to the FA Cup success last season and Arsenal have enjoyed a good start to this campaign, managing three league wins in four matches.
Ahead of the clash between City and Arsenal, TV2 interviewed Raheem Sterling and the England international gave his view on his former coach.
“So far he has done very well. He’s turned the club around, you can see it in the atmosphere and the energy that’s there. He’s a manager who knows what he wants and gets the best out of his players,” Sterling said about Arteta.
The last time these two sides faced each other was when Arsenal knocked City out of the FA Cup in July. The City star remains hopeful his side can get their season back on track.
“I don’t want to say revenge [after FA Cup semi-final defeat against Arsenal], but, of course, it was disappointing to lose like we did then. I’d rather say it’s another opportunity to get the season back on track. I can’t say we’ve had the worst start, but it’s not the start we want. This is a great opportunity,” he explained.
“I expect it to be tough, a close match. A match with few goals. An interesting match with a lot of resistance and two teams that will fight hard for the victory.”
Guardiola’s side have had relatively less time to prepare for the 2020/21 season, but Sterling doesn’t want to use that as an excuse to achieve City’s goal for this campaign.
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride season so far, but it’s a long season. The results have not been what we have. We must stay calm. It’s a long season and we can still deliver,” the former Liverpool man stressed.
“It wasn’t a long pre-season, which has made it difficult. But it’s not something we can dwell on or complain about. We have to drive on, as we have done. We as a team want to win back the title, that’s the most important thing. That’s also my individual goal.”