Raheem Sterling believes he has improved because he is now relying on his instinct.
The England winger is having a fine season at Manchester City following the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
Sterling has nine games in all competitions so far this term and will hope to add to his tally against Arsenal on Sunday.
He scored a second-half winner in the corresponding fixture in December and has reveals just what he has added to his game.
“I’m probably playing a bit more direct, once I get in the final third I make an action, use instinct,” he told the Guardian.
“Before I was a bit more slow, I tried to mix it up. Now I’m just going at it 100 per cent. Before I was trying to be silky. It’s just the way we’re playing under the manager.”
City travel to the Emirates on Sunday before facing Arsene Wenger’s men again in the FA Cup semi-final on April 23.
Sterling has a decent record against the Gunners and hopes to continue it this weekend.
“The semi-final will definitely be in the back of your mind but the FA Cup is a special day, it’s a different atmosphere, so yes and no [it will be a factor]. It’ll be a massive test for us. I’ve enjoyed playing against Arsenal from a young age,” he added.
City go into Sunday’s clash in third, seven points ahead of Wenger’s men.